An electric toothbrush is a great tool to have in your oral health care arsenal, enough to where the benefits of an electric toothbrush over an old-fashioned manual brush far outweigh the initial cost.
For starters, the majority of us don’t use proper technique when brushing our teeth every day. On average, we manually make 300 strokes a minute compared to an electronic toothbrush that can make anywhere between 30,000 – 50,000 strokes per minute. This enormous difference in capability between a manual and an electric powered toothbrush should be enough to sway you, but there is even more to consider.
Due to the fact that an electric toothbrush far outmatches any manual one in terms of stroke rate, plaque buildup can be cut down considerably. The ability to clean much more in less time leads to deeper cleaning, better breath, and greater overall oral health.
Imagine that you spend the standard two minutes brushing your teeth with a normal toothbrush—that’s an average of 600 strokes in two minutes. Now compare that to an electric toothbrush with a 45,000 stroke-per-minute output. You have now run 90,000 strokes of electric cleaning goodness over your teeth and have further helped fight off additional oral decay such as gingivitis, sensitive gums, or cavities. Using a normal toothbrush, it would take you five hours to reach the same cleaning power!
Besides electric toothbrushes, there are many additional tools out there to help keep your teeth shiny, your breath fresh, and your oral health in great shape. For example, one tool comes in a form you might not have immediately thought of: an app. This one is called Brush DJ. It plays songs for two minutes in order to keep you brushing to the beat for the full recommended time. There are also other apps that sync to your electric toothbrush which track your brushing habits, efficiency, and duration.
These are just a few of the benefits of using an electric toothbrush. If you have any questions, concerns, or if you want to make an appointment with one of our dentists in central Arkansas, contact us today at 501-225-1577.