The Power Of Your Toothbrush
Although there are still a majority of people that still use a manual toothbrush, a growing number are choosing to go with power when it comes to their daily oral hygiene routine. Power toothbrushes were first introduced to the US in 1960, and they have come a long way since. At the end of the day, it is still a matter of technique and not the toothbrush itself that matters most. However, it is important to at least be aware of some of the advantages that technology has given us in electric or sonic toothbrushes.
Power toothbrushes can be either electric or sonic. These toothbrushes come at a much higher price than a manual toothbrush. But most patients who use a power toothbrush say the extra clean is well worth the extra dollars. It is not so much that the power toothbrush does the work for you – it can actually do it better. While brushing with a manual toothbrush, you will average about 300 strokes per minute. This may sound like a lot, but it does not compare to the 30,000 strokes a sonic toothbrush can deliver per minute! An electric toothbrush averages around 5,000 strokes per minute. Not only is this rapid back and forth motion scrubbing plaque off of your teeth, but it is keeping your gums healthy too. Brushing your teeth and gums is often neglected or poorly attempted when using a manual brush. However, gum stimulation and cleaning is vital for preventing gingivitis. With such efficiency behind a power toothbrush, it is no wonder people claim their mouth feels cleaner.
Still, choosing a toothbrush is a matter of choice. There is no right or wrong toothbrush according to dentists. Your personality and especially your affinity with technology play a huge role in deciding whether a power toothbrush is right for you. For example, someone who is intimidated by technology may skip brushing or dread the experience. Remember that regardless of your toothbrush type, proper brushing technique along with flossing and regular dental checkups make the biggest difference in your oral health.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates