Is it time to replace your toothbrush? Before you buy another pack of manual toothbrushes, you may want to weigh your options and see if an electric toothbrush is right for you. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes remove plaque and the bacteria that cause gum disease from the teeth more thoroughly and more readily than manual toothbrushes.
What Are Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes are easy to use: Simply hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and turn it on. The brush does all the work and cleans your teeth thoroughly as you move it around from the outside of the teeth to the inside and then to the chewing surfaces.
Many electric toothbrushes also feature a built-in timer that goes off after two minutes. Two minutes is the brushing time recommended by the American Dental Association to thoroughly clean the teeth.
Considerations to Keep in Mind
One thing to think about when debating making the switch from a manual toothbrush to an electric model is cost. Electric toothbrushes can range from $20 (Oral-B Vitality Floss Action) to $300 (Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500 Series Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth). High-end models can even record your brushing habits and give you feedback on how to improve brushing to better your oral health.
Also think about what powers the toothbrush: batteries or electric recharging. Some models do feature wireless charging, but those may be more expensive.
How your electric toothbrush charges also factors into traveling. If your electric toothbrush base requires a plug, you will need to be sure to pack a charger so your toothbrush will work while you are away. Of course, if you can’t charge your electric toothbrush, you can still use it as a manual toothbrush.
You will need to purchase replacement heads for your electric toothbrush as often as you would replace a manual toothbrush to keep your mouth healthy and fresh. Learn the signs of when to replace your toothbrush here.
Are you thinking about buying an electric toothbrush? Ask Dr. Caracioni for her input on what brush is best for you. Call 785-783-0741 to schedule your next checkup.