3 Benefits to Using an Electric Toothbrush

3 Benefits to Using an Electric Toothbrush

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Daily brushing and flossing are essential for protecting your teeth and oral health. However, it’s equally important that people brush their teeth effectively. When used properly, an electric toothbrush, like the ones you can find on TeethMates, can help keep your teeth cleaner than a traditional toothbrush. Here are three benefits to using an electric toothbrush that may convince you it’s time to switch.

Better at Removing Plaque

One of the most compelling reasons to use an electric toothbrush is that they are more effective. This claim isn’t just a marketing boast. A metanalysis of multiple studies found that generally speaking, electric toothbrushes do decrease more plaque and gingivitis than manual toothbrushes. According to research that was cited by Healthline, “after three months of use, plaque was reduced by 21 percent and gingivitis by 11 percent.” Oral-B cited a 2005 independent analysis that found electric toothbrushes “removed more plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes in the short and long term.

More Accessible for Some Users

Many people take simple actions for granted until something happens that limits their mobility. For people with issues with their hands and arms, maneuvering a toothbrush into a location and moving back and forth is a painful, if not impossible, motion. An electric toothbrush is an excellent option for these people because electric toothbrushes require less movement from the user. People who suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome should consider switching to an electric toothbrush. Similarly, caregivers for people with developmental disabilities can benefit from going electric.

Technology to Improve Brushing

Besides the additional cleaning power of electric scrubbing, many electric toothbrushes have advanced features that help people brush their teeth more effectively. For example, many electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer. The timer ensures that the user cleans for a full two minutes, something many people fail to do. For something a bit more advanced, look for models that have pressure sensors that keep you from scrubbing too hard, so you can avoid damaging the enamel of your teeth. Some models have special modes to accommodate sensitive teeth, teeth whitening and more. These features can help you get more out of brushing with an electric toothbrush than you would with a traditional one.

Now that you know the benefits of using an electric toothbrush, you may want some help in finding the electric toothbrush that’s right for you. TeethMates has model reviews and several articles with tips for selecting the best electric toothbrush for your teeth. For example, we have something you should read if you’re wondering what’s the best electric toothbrush for someone with braces.

If you have questions about electric toothbrushes, or anything involving oral health, you can talk to Dr. Greg, a dentist with nearly a quarter century of experience in the industry. Use the contact form near the bottom of the TeethMates homepage to send Dr. Greg a message.

About the Author Dr. Greg

Dr. Greg's experience in dentistry spans over 25 years serving patients of all ages. He's an advisor to www.emergencydentistsusa.com and a consultant to many professional dental projects.