Choosing the right toothbrush can sometimes seem more difficult than it should be. Should you buy an angled brush? Soft bristles or hard bristles? And even when you find one you like it’s probably only available in a hot pink color.
If you haven’t ever tried an electric toothbrush, now might be the time. While manual toothbrushes have been in use for thousands of years – the oldest official brush, which used hog hair, was dated back to the first century – modern technology has perfected the tool.
In an American Dental Association survey of nearly 20,000 people, more than 80 percent of respondents reported improved oral cleanliness from electric toothbrushes. Studies have also found that electric toothbrushes dislodge more plaque more quickly than manual toothbrushes do.
Children also find electric toothbrushes more fun than regular ones, and the ADA has gladly endorsed anything that helps get kids more interested in oral hygiene. Having a toothbrush that turns on and off, vibrates and bears the logo of a kid’s favorite movie goes a long way toward getting them excited about brushing every day.
Cavities, gingivitis and tooth decay can be painful, unsightly and, ultimately, costly to treat. While the ADA recommends using any toothbrush to maintain oral hygiene, electric toothbrushes have proven to be more effective and more thorough at preventing these oral issues.
Do your dentist and yourself a favor. Buy an electric toothbrush, and start using it today. You’ll be improving your oral hygiene, and hey, you might even have some fun doing it.
Come visit us at Cottage Dental Care in Bloomington – where a “Healthy Mouth is a Healthy Body” and you’ll always be treated like family.