Dr. Michaelson recommends electric toothbrushes as the best way to improve oral health. Electric toothbrushes are more accurate, more consistent, and make many more brush strokes than we can manually. Compared with manual toothbrushes, electrics reduced dental plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis 11 percent more after three months of use.
Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush:
1. An electronic toothbrush keeps your gums, teeth, and tongue cleaner and healthier
We’ve been taught to brush our teeth thoroughly ever since we were little. Despite our best efforts we’re not brushing as thoroughly as we would like. This is due to the fact that the bristles on a manual toothbrush cannot reach all of the plaque and tartar areas built up between your teeth.
An electric toothbrush’s ultrasonic head features bristles which can reach further thanks to the combination of motion and equal pressure from the brush itself. Equal pressure is important. Many manual brushers do a good job on one side of their mouth but struggle to keep the other side of their mouth as clean.
2. An electric toothbrush makes for longer, more thorough teeth brushing
Most electronic toothbrushes are set for the recommended 2 minute brush time which ensures a better brushing and a great, clean feeling.
Kids are often one of the biggest beneficiaries of electric toothbrushes. Many kids brush but don’t get all of the buildup between meals. Kids with braces (due to brackets and wires) are especially susceptible to this happening. An electric toothbrush is a good compromise since you can count on it getting all of those hard to reach places that kids normally miss with manual tooth brushing.
3. An electric toothbrush does the work for you
Although we mean well when using a manual tooth brush, sometimes we are too rough on our gums. An electric toothbrush not only times your brush but takes the guesswork out of teeth brushing too. It makes sure to reach all the areas we normally can’t get to with a manual brush.
4. An electric toothbrush is a great way to fight gingivitis and gum disease
An electric toothbrush is an excellent tool in the fight against gum disease and gingivitis in your mouth. How you ask? An electric toothbrush can find those hard to reach places that you miss with a manual brush. Not only are you brushing longer and better but you’re brushing smarter, too.