Electric toothbrushes have become more and more common-place in bathrooms today. This is due, in part, to the steady drop in manufacturing costs, improved designs, competition among brands for market share, and most importantly, the final cost of the electric toothbrush at the store.
You can purchase the latest, high-tech, rechargeable electric toothbrush for as much as $200.00, or you can get a battery powered toothbrush for as low as two or three dollars. The type of electric toothbrush you choose will depend on your specific needs and or budget.
Why an electric toothbrush?
Studies show that using an electric toothbrush (ones equipped with a spinning brush head) removes 10% more debris particles from your teeth, as compared to using a manual toothbrush.
Studies also show that rechargeable electric toothbrushes, ones equipped with sonic technology and or ultra-sonic technology, can penetrate and remove plaque and debris 4 to 5 millimetres below the gum line.
For people who have deep periodontal pockets beyond 3 millimetres on the inside or outside gum line, a sonic or ultra-sonic electric toothbrush can be a very effective tool for flushing out those hard to reach, problem areas. Regular brushing with a manual toothbrush cannot remove any debris build up below a 3 millimetre sulcular depth.
For people with limited movement in their hands or limbs due to arthritis, injury or any other movement limiting condition, an electric toothbrush can indeed improve the quality of life.
A sonic electric toothbrush such as, the Sonicare, Braun or Oral-B, are excellent choices for people who wear bracesâ€¦.Sonicare being the popular choice.
A battery powered (spin brush) type, electric toothbrushes are great for kids because they are easier and more fun to use than a traditional toothbrush, it can also greatly improve their oral hygiene.
For those who's gums are receding due to 'brushing too hard '. Yes; it is possible to brush too hardâ€¦.The aggressive style brushing wears away at your gum tissue, causing the gums to recede over time. There is a feature on some electric toothbrushes that address this condition. They have a built in pressure-sensor that will tell you when you're brushing too hard.
How to use your Electric Toothbrush
When you get you're your electric toothbrush you will naturally begin to use it as though it were your regular manual toothbrush. The traditional brushing motion, in addition to the boost of power will clean your teeth, gums and tongue as never before. However; this is not how to use your electric toothbrush, especially if it's a sonicare type brush.
To unlock the cleaning and stain- busting power of a sonic electric toothbrush, you must loosen your grip of the handle slightly and allow the brush head to glide along the teeth and gums applying very little pressure. This slow and deliberate motion across the teeth and gum line will focus the cleaning power of the brush head on the desired area. A slow and deliberate motion should be used for the spinning-head type electric toothbrushes as well.
There are many different types of battery powered and rechargeable electric toothbrushes to choose from. All have an effectiveness that is superior, in some way, to a manual toothbrush. Notably, the Sonicare electric toothbrush has been clinically proven to be highly effective at removing surface stains from teeth; this can also be said for most of the sonic toothbrushes as well. The Oral-B professional series electric toothbrush has been praised for its excellent cleaning ability and ease of use.
Some popular rechargeable and battery powered, electric toothbrushes
Oral-B professional care smart series 4000
Arm and Hammer Spinbrush Pro
Oral â€“B Vitality
Braun electric toothbrush
The Downside of Electric Toothbrushes
There is a downside to rechargeable and battery powered electric toothbrushes. If rechargeable electric toothbrushes are not properly maintained, they may stop working all together. Finding a repair center or buying a replacement can be costly and time consuming. In addition, brush head replacement can also be a costly event as well. Even though they look and feel robust and solid, they tend not to last that long, about three years of regular usage if you get a good one.
Good Oral health is becoming easier to achieve with all the innovations being made in the electric toothbrush industry. Cheaper costs and more variety are making electric tooth brushes more available to the masses. Investing in an electric toothbrush is like investing in your healthâ€¦.That's always a smart investment.