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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Advantages Of Using An Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes have been around for a while now but what are the advantages and are they any better than the standard manual toothbrush?

The bristles move a lot faster on an electric toothbrush compared to an ordinary manual toothbrush. Therefore it is better at removing plaque and brushing between ones teeth. You do not need to brush so hard with an electric toothbrush, just guide it effortlessly around your mouth, you will be doing less work whilst getting a better result, cleaner whiter teeth.

With a standard toothbrush, if you are in a hurry, say in the morning before work, or of an evening before going out, you can rush brushing. This could mean three things.

You will not brush as thoroughly, this can then lead to build up of plaque and bacteria. This of course could lead to bad breath, gum disease or tooth decay.

Secondly you may cause your gums to bleed and damage the gum tissue, gum tissue does not grow back.

Thirdly you can strip the enamel off your teeth, which leads to them becoming sensitive. So cold items like ice cream and hot items like tea lose their appeal because they can cause you discomfort due to your now sensitive teeth.


If you are an arthritis sufferer electric toothbrushes are much easier to use, because as mentioned above you need not work so hard. This could be said with people with arm or shoulder injuries also.

Using an electric toothbrush can give you the feeling of a dentist like clean and they are great at removing stains. Cigarettes and coffee are the most common things that cause staining to your teeth. If you are a smoker and have been using a manual toothbrush then changing to an electric toothbrush has to be a very positive action, as you could have been hiding a very nice set of teeth underneath all them tobacco stains.

Bacteria build up in your mouth leads to bad breath, a very unwelcome but common problem. Bacteria can be found in places where a standard manual toothbrush can not reach. In general you would not know it is there, but if you do have a build up of it, your family and friends would know because as mentioned your bad breath. Electric brushes can reach and therefore remove this bacteria leading to a cleaner mouth and fresher breath.

Most electric toothbrushes if not all are rechargeable and some have features such as timers and pressure sensors.

Timers allow you to spend either a certain amount of time in each part of your mouth cleaning or to let you know to finish brushing after a certain time period, usually two minutes.

The pressure sensor enables you to brush gently whilst still having an excellent clean with the aim of protecting your gums from excessive brushing.

As mentioned electric toothbrushes can give your teeth a real thorough clean, although you do still need to visit the dentist regularly for check ups. But an electric toothbrush is a good starting point for improving your dental hygiene and at a fraction of the cost of having them cleaned professionally.

In general buy an electric toothbrush that is right for you, there are many on the market to choose from, and then you are on course to have much healthier and cleaner teeth and gums.

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