Electric toothbrushes have been around for many years; however, some patients are still dubious on whether they are worth the investment. Prices for electric toothbrushes vary, with some priced at hundreds of pounds. Despite this, you can purchase an effective electric toothbrush for around £20 online which will last many years, all you need to do is replace the head every 3 months.
What are the benefits of an electric toothbrush vs a manual toothbrush?
Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes with rotating bristles are far more effective at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis than a manual toothbrush. After switching from a manual toothbrush, the study showed that plaque was reduced by 21% and gingivitis was decreased by 11%. As plaque is the number one cause of gum disease which can result in tooth loss, these numbers are impressive.
The rotating bristles can easily get between your teeth (where your manual toothbrush usually wouldn’t be able to reach) and also under the gumline to remove any plaque or trapped food debris which would cause inflamed or bleeding gums.
Unlike with a manual toothbrush where you have to manually move your toothbrush back and forth along your teeth to achieve a clean result, an electric toothbrush provides the cleaning motion for you. No additional pressure necessary, the user only need to guide the toothbrush across the teeth and gumline whilst the brush head does the rest. Due to this, electric toothbrushes are more accessible for people with arthritis due to their ease of use.
The features and functionalities your toothbrush has will depend on the make and model you purchase. However, some electric toothbrushes will:
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