A standard toothbrush has been an oral hygiene mainstay for centuries. Their simple, easy-to-use design has been preventing cavities and brightening teeth worldwide since their invention in the late 1930s. The electric toothbrush was introduced in the 1950s. Back then, an electric toothbrush was a luxury most Canadian families didn’t feel was necessary. It wasn’t until the 21st century that these new brushes became more affordable. Now, there’s very little reason not to discard your old-fashioned toothbrush and switch to electric. In fact, it might save you money on dental care in the long run.
A regular toothbrush is powered by friction you create. While this does clean adequately for most people, adding an electric motor increases the brushing power of the toothbrush, and the ability to get to hard-to-reach places. This results in cleaner teeth and better oral health.
Some electric toothbrushes come with advanced settings that can you can program. Depending on your sensitivity, your electric toothbrush can brush softly or with greater strength. This is a useful option for people with sensitive teeth or who are looking to whiten teeth more quickly.
A well-equipped electric toothbrush can help encourage healthy brushing habits. Using timers and buzzers, an electric toothbrush can time out brushing sessions to maximize efficiency. Studies show that brushing too little reduces its effectiveness, while brushing for too long can also have adverse effects.
Good for Children
Electric toothbrushes can be more fun for children. They can be more effective removing plaque and food particles than a traditional brush, and children find brushing their teeth to be less laborious.
While we are a fan of electric toothbrushes, it’s important to keep in mind two things: One, a standard brush is better than no brush. And two, no matter how good your toothbrushing practices, it’s always important to have a relationship with a great dentist.
When it comes to your oral hygiene, Lambton Family Dental takes pride in giving our clients the information and tools they need to live happy, healthy lives. Call us at (519) 344-5747 for caring, quality Ontario family dental services.