Electric and sonic toothbrushes offer an amazing range of cleaning options to help maintain your oral health routine and keep a dazzling smile.
Still, some people wonder if the higher cost of these devices are actually worth it.
Why are Electric and Sonic Toothbrushes Better?
Electric and sonic toothbrushes are better because of how we brush our teeth and not necessarily because of the way they are designed.
Many of us don’t have the greatest toothbrushing technique. In fact, research shows that around ninety percent of people perform poorly when it comes to cleaning their teeth.
That may seem hard to swallow, but it’s true. Despite advancements in bristle construction and reach among manual toothbrushes, many of us simply don’t brush long enough. We rush the process and we also don’t clean each tooth long enough.
Another problem is that we brush too hard, thinking that hard brushing makes up for rushing. It doesn’t! Brushing too hard can actually damage your teeth and gums.
Therefore, an electric or sonic toothbrush is a wise investment because both eliminate the above problems if used according to the instructions. Compared to the overall cost of future dental health problems that need to be corrected because of a poor brushing technique, the cost of an electric or sonic toothbrush is minimal.
Another reason that electric or sonic toothbrushes makes such wise investments is because they clean the surface of a tooth better than a manual toothbrush, whether or not your brushing technique is good or not.
The Cochran Collaboration offers a terrific breakdown of how many strokes per minute occur based on each type of brush:
- A manual toothbrush usually makes about 300 strokes per minute.
- An electric toothbrush makes about 3,000 to 7,000 strokes per minute because it features an electrified rotating head.
- A sonic toothbrush is the most superior cleaning method of the three, making 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute with a rotating head that offers more cleaning assistance via greater vibration. A sonic toothbrush has been shown to significantly reduce gingivitis and plaque.
If you are someone who suffers from weak hands or a condition like Parkinson’s that significantly hinders your ability to clean your teeth, then a sonic toothbrush might be the solution for your oral care. Both electric and sonic toothbrushes also work well for elderly people or small children who suffer age-related interference when cleaning their teeth.
The key to making all of these methods work, though, is to make sure you operate each device correctly and for long enough. You have to brush for at least two minutes, and both electric and sonic toothbrushes must be held in the recommended positions against the teeth.
What if I Can’t Afford an Electric or Sonic Toothbrush?
There are many innovative ways to help sharpen your manual brushing skills.
First, you can use an app for your smartphone. All you have to do is download an app — often for free — and the app will play music that keeps you brushing for the correct amount of time, i.e. at least two minutes.
Another important reminder is to floss daily. No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, if you floss and brush for long enough each day, you can maintain your oral health.
The type of toothbrush you use is up to you, but make sure whichever one you choose, you use the proper toothbrushing technique!