Should I Get an Electric Toothbrush?

Making the switch to an electric toothbrush is a good investment because it leads to cleaner teeth. For maintaining good overall health, the American Journal of Dentistry recommends electric toothbrushes and three separate studies favor the electric version.

We have a Swedish clockmaker named Frederick Wilhelm to thank for first patenting the toothbrush way back in 1855. The use of these devices was not seen in the U.S. until the 1960s, and really took off in the late 1990s. 

Those who are new to the idea of an electric version will find it’s indeed better for the teeth-- the oscillating motion ably removes plaque, gingivitis and food particles at a quicker and higher rate than non-electric ones. That lowers your chance of getting gum disease, which may help save you from potential pain and ongoing dental worries. In exams and cleanings, doctors are often able to tell when a patient is using an electric toothbrush, because things generally look better.

For children, having a timed brushing session helps maintain a healthy routine while giving them a sense of fun and even accomplishment. They often thrive on being able to stake out space for the toothbrush’s charging station, and character versions from popular movies add to the draw.   

If you have sensitive teeth or gums, the electric toothbrush is a powerful aid because you do not need to apply the sort of pressure as you do with a standard toothbrush.

Mobility issues and arthritis can make many tasks difficult and even impossible. If you have trouble moving your hands and arms, then traditional manual toothbrushes can be especially painful or vexing. Because of this, toothbrush makers have come up with easy to use versions that require simply pressing one large button to start the cleaning.

For ease and efficient cleaning, an electric toothbrush is a good way to keep your mouth looking and feeling good—it’s almost as good as a professional dental cleaning, even!

Dr. Amores can provide professional recommendations on anything you need for your teeth.

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