Hello World! Welcome Friends! Some people still view them with suspicion, believing that they’ll knock their own teeth out, or that they’ll be electrocuted in the pursuit of cleanliness, but thankfully electric toothbrushes are a fixture in most bathrooms now. Here’s why.
They clean more thoroughly
This is beyond doubt. The rapid whirring and oscillating is far superior to anything you can do with your hand and arm and it also aids in getting to those tricky hard to reach places like the gumline and the back halves of your molars. They’re much more effective than manual toothbrushes at preventing cavities, tartar and gingivitis.
If you visit Docklands Dental in Dublin you’ll find that they’re big fans of electric brushing there and they’ll be able to advise you on the right sort of head for your needs.
You can’t brush too hard
So many people think that brushing harder = brushing better but they’re actually at risk of damaging their gums and even wearing away their enamel, which can cause sensitivity and weak teeth.
With an electric brush, this risk is vastly reduced as you don’t have to apply any pressure, you simply move the brush along every tooth surface and let the buzzing do the rest. Many models actually reduce the power if they’re used with too much pressure, so if the buzzing slows, you’re working it too hard.
They’re easier to use
Some people find it difficult to maintain the brushing action for two minutes – they may have arthritis or have fine motor control problems – so the oscillating action and the size of the handle is ideal. All these people have to do is to slowly move the brush around; this is especially important in those notoriously hard-to-reach areas.
Most brushes have timers
Most of us are guilty of not going the whole two minutes, or of spending too long on one side of the mouth and not long enough on the other side. With a timed brush, you’ll know when your two minutes are up and if you get a brush that beeps every 30 seconds, you’ll know it’s time to change quadrant.
They’re better for the environment
One reason for the suspicion around electric toothbrushes is the effect upon the environment. It’s a bit of a fallacy to think that manual toothbrushes are greener though, because if you think about it, the head is the only part you replace. In actual fact, the plastic in one manual toothbrush is the equivalent of 30 or so electric toothbrush heads and you throw your manual brush away every three months (or you should!).
Obviously, you toss the main body of your electric toothbrush eventually, but not for seven years on average. Once it starts losing its charge and otherwise looking a bit battered then it’s time for it to go, but seven years is a good old run! In addition to this, recycling is becoming more sophisticated so you can now dispose of it responsibly and greenly.
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