One in four adults admits they don’t brush twice a day, according to the Oral Health Foundation. In general, more than 30 percent of people aren’t brushing enough. So is there anything you can do to create better dental hygiene habits? Consider making the switch to an electric toothbrush.
While brushing with your standard toothbrush gets the job done, it does take some work and there’s no telling how long you’re brushing unless you set a time or watch the clock.
In comparison, an electric toothbrush is easy to use … just hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and let the brush do the work for you. You don’t need to put in as much effort for better results as studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a better job of removing plaque and gingivitis than a standard brushing. You can deliver just over 300 movements per minute brushing with a manual toothbrush. The average electric toothbrush delivers as many as 30,000 movements ensuring more plaque removal.
An electric toothbrush can work wonders for those with motor disabilities or arthritis. For anyone who has trouble moving the brush around their mouth, an electric toothbrush does all that work for them.
Electric toothbrushes make brushing fun for kids. Let them get involved by allowing them to pick their own electric toothbrush. There are character-themed and color-themed designs out there to get them motivated to use the brush. Their new electric toothbrush will be easy to use and buzz their teeth creating a sense of high-tech fun. They’ll want to brush their teeth regularly if they have fun doing it!
What about the amount of time you’re spending brushing? Some electric toothbrushes have a timer on them to shut off after 2-3 minutes of brushing. This can help you ensure that you’re spending quality time on your smile.
If you’re on the fence about making the switch to an electric toothbrush, talk to your dentist the next time you’re in for a cleaning. We’ll answer your questions and make a recommendation!