Manual toothbrushing doesn’t remove as much plaque as you might expect. Electric toothbrush benefits are numerous, and when compared to traditional toothbrushing, quite surprising.
Toothbrushing is the number one way to reduce plaque and keep oral health on par, but the type of toothbrush you use can be more important than the actual act of brushing your teeth. Studies show that manual toothbrushing removes less than 50 percent of plaque that has formed on teeth. This fact remains true despite the numerous toothbrush designs and configurations that all claim to get your teeth cleaner than the rest.
What if I brush my teeth harder with my manual toothbrush? Aggressive brushing is not synonymous with effective plaque removal, and can actually end up hurting gums. Electric toothbrushes remedy aggressive brushing by moving in a way that gently and effective rids the mouth of plaque build-up. Electric toothbrushes are also run on a timer, so you can get an effective two minute brushing.
Electric toothbrushes can be found at your local pharmacy store. An electric toothbrush head needs to be changed out with the same frequency as a normal toothbrush is changed, every 4 – 6 months.