Brushing up on brushing: electric toothbrush-style

The mouth plays a rather big part in our lives everyday.

From ordering an early morning coffee at the corner store to saying good-bye to work colleagues at the end of a long day, the mouth is the instrument we use to communicate our thoughts and ideas to the world at large.

This is why it is imperative to practice proper dental care, especially for people whose mode of employment requires them to be around people all the time.

A whiff of foul-smelling breath, for example, could turn off a potential client or employer, who could then interpret is a sign of recklessness and irresponsibility on the part of the originator.

The market has long since created the device to solve our oral health woes – the toothbrush.

With the passage of time, it has evolved to match the patterns of the world, and from its early days as a handful of pig hairs stuck on a piece of wood, the toothbrush truly has come a long way.

But with recent innovations in the health industry, dental care has gone one step further. The electric toothbrush is now the preferred tool by many people all over the world.

Maybe it’s the fact that you don’t have to do all the brush work, or maybe it’s the tingling sensation.

Whatever it may be, dental experts agree that using an electric toothbrush can help improve oral health.

As a matter of fact, both the American Journal of Dentistry and the British Dental Journal recommend its use.

Electric toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes, but the mechanism is basically the same.

The handle is charged using a wall socket, and the heads could be changed, depending on the user’s preference.

Some versions also have sensors that let you know if you are brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes.

Some groups also consider using them to be more environmentally friendly, compared to manual toothbrushes.

Since the latter have to be changed every few months or so, the waste generated tends to accumulate.

Additionally, since most are manufactured using plastic, it will take many years to fully decompose.

But what sets back many consumers is its price tag.

Electric toothbrushes could go for a hundred to two hundred dollars, quite expensive for a device you use to clean your teeth.

In the long run, however, the price may prove just right.

After all, using an electric toothbrush has many advantages.

It cleans your teeth better.

Though many of us adhere to the two-minute brushing rule, it is often unavoidable to miss several spots, especially the teeth located at the back of the mouth.

Areas between the teeth, where cavities usually take root, are also often go unreached, especially if flossing is not practiced regularly.

With an electric toothbrush, this concern is almost obsolete.

Because of its mechanism and design, the rotating motion of the brush’s bristles helps you get rid of hard-to-reach plaque and food particles, thereby improving your oral hygiene.

Nor does it only last for a short while.

Surveys have shown that long-time users of electric toothbrushes reported better dental hygiene compared to their peers who still use manual ones.

Consequently, since your mouth is cleaned better, using an electric toothbrush also helps prevent bad breath.

It takes care of your gums.

Using an electric toothbrush will also cause less damage to your gums.

Many models available in the market today have sensors that let you know if you are brushing too hard, which makes the gums bleed.

This, in turn, causes gum disease and gingivitis, some of the more common oral diseases.

Brushing too hard (or longer) can also strip off enamel from your teeth, weakening their defenses and causing heightened sensitivity to hot and cold food.

It makes it easier for people with poor motor skills to brush their teeth.

Finally, people with dexterity issues can benefit very well from using electric toothbrushes.

These include children below eight years old, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Since the electric version will not require much work and still cleans your mouth better, these groups will be able to practice better dental care, compared to if they continue using manual toothbrushes.

Fine motor skills are, after all, necessary to brushing hard-to-reach places, such as the teeth located at the back portion of the mouth. 

Current innovations in the world of medicine, dentistry specifically, have given us better choices on how we can best take care of our teeth.

But whether we choose to stick with the old-fashioned, manual toothbrush or the relatively new, electric one, the most important thing is to observe the basic guidelines of proper dental care.

For even if we have the best devices at hand, if used incorrectly, they would have no lasting effect on our health at all.

About the author

Patricia Montoya

Patricia Montoya

I’m Patricia, a mom to two rambunctious boys who both love candy and just can’t seem to get enough of it. I write about health topics packed with information about dental care designed to help EVERYONE from all walks of life.

Leave a Comment

Share
Pin
Tweet