You can get your teeth clean with either an electric or manual toothbrush, but an electric just does the job so much better. Here are five reasons why you should make the switch.
- Superior Action
When you brush by hand, you’ll probably make around 300 to 400 strokes per minute. In contrast, an electric toothbrush is capable of tens of thousands of strokes per minute. Just try switching to an electric toothbrush and you’ll notice your teeth feel much cleaner when you run your tongue over them after brushing. All that back and forth action helps dislodge more plaque, bacteria, and food debris.
- Easy on Gums and Teeth
Electric toothbrushes might work harder than your hand ever could, but they’re actually gentler on your teeth and gums. Nearly all modern electric toothbrushes are fitted with a pressure sensor that provides an alert when you’re brushing too hard, so you won’t be at risk of wearing down your tooth enamel or irritating your gums.
- Better Shape
You’ll probably have noticed that manual toothbrush heads look different from electric toothbrush heads. The manual toothbrush head is longer because it needs to be brushed back and forth. An electric toothbrush head is circular since it works with a spinning rather than back and forth action. That’s great for your teeth because the bristles tend to fit around each one more exactly and get into every nook and cranny.
- Equal Pressure
Most people don’t know this, but it’s common for manual brushers to do a better job on one side of their mouth than the other. This often comes down to whether they are righthanded or lefthanded. Electric toothbrushes require very little dexterity or control – the toothbrush does all the hard work for you, so count on equal pressure and brushing precision on both sides of your mouth.
- Perfect Timing
Even people dedicated to their oral health often mess up the timing of their brushing. You really need to spend around 30 seconds on each quadrant for a proper clean, and it’s hard to count the time when you’re brushing manually. Most electric toothbrushes eliminate the need for guesswork by vibrating at 30 second intervals.