There was a time when the electric toothbrush was something most people considered a luxury. That is not the case today. They are something that every member of the family can get. The question they have to ask now is if they need one.
Does it do a better job than the toothbrushes they have used in the past. It is something people ask in our office every day. Now it is time to look at how an electric toothbrush differs from a traditional one.
The Upside of an Electric Toothbrush
An electric toothbrush provides a person with between 6,000 and 30,000 brush strokes per minute. That is a considerable amount more than a person can do manually. It also requires less effort to brush one’s teeth with an electric toothbrush. That allows people to brush their teeth longer than they would with a manual toothbrush. Longer is almost always better when it comes to brushing your teeth.
The electric toothbrush is also easier to operate. A person can move it around their teeth with little effort as the electric toothbrush does all the hard work of cleaning the teeth. The availability of timers on the electric toothbrush is another positive. Toothbrushes that play music make it more fun. Kids also are more likely to use an electric toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes are not perfect. They do require a person to change the batteries. The cost of the toothbrushes while lower than in the past is still higher than a traditional toothbrush. The quality of electric toothbrushes varies in the same way that traditional toothbrushes do.
When people ask us in our office whether they should use an electric toothbrush instead of a traditional one, we tell them that electric toothbrushes do offer benefits that traditional toothbrushes do not. We also stress that we think that whatever it takes to get a person to brush their teeth regularly is the most important thing. If that it an electric toothbrush, then that is what they should get. If you want to know about electric toothbrushes or have other questions, please contact us and ask. We are always happy to answer your questions.