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Benefits Of Electric Tooth Brushes

Benefits Of Electric Tooth Brushes

What are the benefits of electric toothbrushes?

Nowadays your average electric toothbrush is not expensive. For that reason, as well as the convenience they offer, many more bathrooms are now home to one or several electric toothbrushes. But what exactly are the benefits of using battery power instead of elbow grease? And why should someone consider switching to use an electric toothbrush? Aside from the obvious benefit of not having to move the arm in a forward-backward motion, electric toothbrushes do have several medical proven benefits over conventional toothbrushes.

Electric toothbrushes are designed to vibrate or oscillate at high-speed. Normal electric toothbrushes run at around 3,000 to 7,000 brush stroke per minute, but sonic tooth brushes typically run at around 28,000 to 40,000 brush strokes a minute. Sonic toothbrushes spin or vibrate so fast that dynamic pressure waves are projected from the end of the bristle, and these pressure waves can still clean the tooth even when the bristles aren’t actually touching the enamel.

In fact, when tested at a distance of 2mm away from the enamel, a Philips Sonicare sonic tooth brush was still able to remove 65 percent of plaque, according to a report mentioned on Electric Toothbrushes Reviews.

sonic toothbrush Benefits Of Electric Tooth Brushes

Sonic Tooth Brush

Image Credit: Philips, 2011.

In the same article, sonic tooth brushes were reported to remove 95 percent of plague after just 5 seconds, and after 10 minutes, no traces of plaque remained. Sonicare toothbrushes are been backed by over 150 clinical and laboratory studies by at least 50 universities and research offices around the world, proving that the company is not the only ones who believe the advanced cleaning abilities of sonic toothbrushes.

Different Types of Electric Toothbrushes

Sonic toothbrushes, being top-of-the-line, are also high in price. That said, the average life of a sonic tooth brush is around two years, and split over the 24 months of use it’s likely to see, most brands will run less than 10 dollars a month; a small price to pay for excellent oral health.

Still, not everyone is willing to shell out so much on a toothbrush, especially when there are so many other options to chose from, most at a fraction of the cost.

Here’s a list of the main types of electric tooth brushes you are likely to find at a store in your local high-street stores:

  • Rotary toothbrushes – a small circular rotating head.
  • Counter-rotational toothbrushes – a circular head with two parts spinning in opposite directions.
  • Rotating-oscillating toothbrushes – a circular head that spins back and forth.
  • Oscillating-pulsating toothbrushes –a head that oscillates and vibrates.
  • The Sonic toothbrush – a conventionally shaped head that vibrates at high speed.

electric toothbrush Benefits Of Electric Tooth Brushes

Electric Toothbrush

Image Credit: Oral B, 2011.

There are also a whole host of features to be found in different models of electric toothbrushes. Features that are popular on modern electric toothbrushes include pressure sensors that help regulate speed; built-in timers; gum massaging modes; rechargeable batteries; some high-end models even feature UV sanitizers that blast UV rays at your brush to kill and keep away bacteria.

How to Clean Teeth Effectively With Electric Toothbrush

To sufficiently clean your teeth, dentists recommend brushing for 2 minutes, twice every day. To ensure your are spending the right amount of time brushing, the mouth can be divided into four quadrants. Upper left, upper right, and lower left, lower right, and section cleaned for 30 seconds.

Don’t forget, there are 3 visible surfaces you can clean with your toothbrush; the outer, inner and chewing surface. Then there’s the part you can’t see; in between the teeth. Some electric tooth brush will still be able to reach some inter-dental area, however flossing daily to clean between the teeth is still advised.

The average electric toothbrush will last around 2 years, and the brush heads need replacing every 3 months.

How To Clean Teeth Properly With Electric Toothbrush

All in all clinical research has shown electric toothbrushes to be more effective than the manual variety, with sonic toothbrushes performing the best of the bunch. Switching to use an electric or sonic toothbrush is therefore, one of the easiest ways to remove plaque, prevent gum disease, keep teeth white, and improve your overall oral hygiene.

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  2. Sonic Toothbrush Benefits – Why Use Them?

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