However, some people worry that electric toothbrushes damage the teeth due to their rotating bristles. Studies found no evidence to support this claim and suggest that electric toothbrushes are, in fact, helpful.
Some suggested benefits of electric toothbrushes include:
- They reduce the risk of plaque and tartar buildup through regular use.
- They can also help to remove stains on teeth. [The bristles oscillate rather than rotate, so there is no danger of ‘scrubbing’ your teeth away.]
- The oscillation helps increase the velocity of fluid delivered to teeth.
- Helpful for people with disabilities and other conditions that make regular toothbrushing difficult.
- Some toothbrushes include built-in timers. These timers help ensure users clean their teeth for the correct amount of time.
In addition, some studies have found that brushing with an electric toothbrush reduces the time needed to brush by about 50%.
A relevant study found that brushing for two minutes with a manual toothbrush and an electric toothbrush may lead to about 16% enamel surface loss due to abrasion from the bristles.
This suggests that there is no significant difference between the abrasion caused by electric or manual toothbrushes.
What’s the Deal?
It’s no secret. Many people nowadays love electric toothbrushes. Some may not know, though, that some claim that electric toothbrushes are too harsh on the gums and teeth.
Let’s put this myth about electric toothbrushes to bed once and for all.
It’s All in the Brush Technique
Electric brushes have two unique features over manual brushes: rotary movement and vibrating bristles. In a manual toothbrush, you apply circular motions to the surface of your teeth. Electric models add to this by rotating in one or two directions simultaneously.
To use an electric toothbrush properly, one must brush slowly and evenly in a short back-and-forth motion. If done correctly, you are unlikely to damage the teeth, gums, or enamel.
Electric toothbrushes are designed to be used carefully with slow movements for great results. The vibrating bristles can help create a more effective clean by moving water and other fluids around your mouth. It helps remove plaque and food particles.
To get the most out of an electric toothbrush, you need to have good control over the brush.
Put to the Test, with Gritty Results
Several studies show electric toothbrushes are actually better for your mouth than manual ones. A study was conducted among teenagers. They were given either an electric or a manual brush to use every day until their next regularly scheduled visit with the dentist. The researchers found that those who used electric toothbrushes had less plaque and gingivitis (gum disease).
Another study also found that those who used electric brushes had better oral hygiene than those who did not use them at all.
Practical Tips To Maximize Your Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes can be a great alternative to manual brushes. But they still require proper technique. It’s always best to discuss the details of your oral hygiene options with your dentist before making any decisions about what you will do in the future. They will be able to answer any questions and help you make an informed decision.
For best results, the following are some helpful hints for using an electric toothbrush:
- Use a soft brush head. – Hard bristles may cause damage to your gums and teeth.
- Pay attention to wear and tear. – While most companies design their brushes to be long-lasting, they still require regular care. Make sure you clean and dry your brush properly.
- Use the right technique. – As previously mentioned, using your brush properly is essential for preventing damage to your mouth over time. It’s also best not to press too hard on the brush. If you have questions or concerns about what you are doing, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for help.
- Buy the right model for your mouth. – The brush head’s size is an important consideration when buying an electric toothbrush, particularly if you have braces or other dental work. Be sure to get a model that fits your mouth just right. If you’re not sure which brush to buy, there are many options available on the market for you to try.
- Work with your dentist. – If you decide to buy your electric toothbrush, make sure you talk to your dentist about it. They can help you maintain proper technique when using the device and help stop any potential damage from occurring over time. Your dentist can track how well your mouth is doing and ensure that you are brushing properly. Don’t forget that you may also need to get regular cleanings and flossing.
To make the most out of an electric toothbrush:
Don’t use it as a manual brush. Change up your brushing habits and follow the directions that come with your device. Use short strokes in a small area, slowly and gently across the teeth and gums for best results.
Using an electric brush too quickly or aggressively will only cause more harm than good.
It’s important to avoid using your toothbrush to scrape off stuck-on food particles because this can damage the bristles and other parts of the brush.
If you find that your mouth is sensitive, try a softer brush head or change up your brushing method slightly by changing how often you use the vibrating option or altering the length of your brush strokes for gentler action.
Do you use an electric toothbrush?
For those who are already using an electric toothbrush, there’s no need to switch. But, do make sure you are using it correctly for the best results.
Make it a habit to read the manual that comes with your toothbrush for more information about getting the best use out of it. If you have any questions or concerns, a dentist or a dental hygienist can help.
Be sure to schedule a thorough dental cleaning by your dentist once every six months to ensure that you get the best care. Your mouth will thank you for it!
And there you have it. The bottom line of it all is that electric toothbrushes are an excellent option for almost everyone. They can help clean your teeth better than manual brushes, but they require proper use to get the best results. Always take care of your teeth by eating healthy foods and visiting your dentist regularly.
The studies provide ample evidence that electric brushes are generally very safe when used properly.