Whether you’re reading a magazine, watching TV, or even listening to your favorite podcast, it’s hard to avoid advertising for electric toothbrushes. Maybe you’ve had friends or family members sing their praises after making the switch or a hygienist recommended upgrading to an electric toothbrush during your last dental cleaning. We understand why you might be a bit skeptical, but unlike so many of the other gadgets and gizmos we buy and then forget about, electric toothbrushes really do live up to the hype.
Here’s what makes electric toothbrushes superior to manual brushing.
Electric Toothbrushes Make You a Better Brusher
Electric toothbrushes aren’t only beneficial because of the moving brush head. They actually train you to brush your teeth better. These brushes have all kinds of features that enable improved oral hygiene habits. Features vary depending on the price point you’re looking at, but some of our favorite features include:
- Built-in timers to help ensure that you get a full two minutes of brushing in.
- Reminders to brush equally on all sides, most often in the form of a vibration every 30 seconds to indicate that it’s time to move to another quadrant.
- Pressure sensors that let you know when you’re brushing too hard.
- Reminders to change the brush heads every three months. If you forget when it’s time to change out your toothbrush, this can be helpful!
Your Teeth Will Be Cleaner With an Electric Toothbrush
There is robust research on the topic of electric toothbrushes. Studies in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry, the Journal of the International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry, and the Journal of Clinical Dentistry all demonstrate the efficacy of these brushes in removing plaque when compared to their manual counterparts.
Of course, scientific evidence is one thing; experience is another. All you have to do is ask anyone who uses an electric toothbrush what they think and you’ll hear them sing its praises. You really do have that smooth, fresh-from-the-dentist feeling every time you brush with an electric toothbrush. Even with the most diligent oral care habits, you can’t replicate that feeling with a manual brush because they don’t have the rotation oscillation and vibration required to loosen and brush away plaque and food debris.
You Can Target Many Different Needs
At their most basic, electric toothbrushes have an on and off switch and nothing more. However, if your budget allows for it, you can choose from a variety of more advanced models with different settings that target an array of oral health needs. These include features for:
- Sensitive teeth
- Gum care
- Deep cleaning
- Tongue cleaning
There are even electric toothbrushes that connect with apps on your phone to keep track of your brushing habits.
All these bells and whistles are nice, for sure, but the most important benefit of electric toothbrushes lies in their vibration and oscillation. Even the least expensive toothbrush models can help you achieve a significant improvement in your oral health.