Are electric toothbrushes better?
"Consistently use the 45°angle bristles to lightly press the teeth to cover a little gingival horizontal short distance movement for at least 2 minutes each time you brush."
Brushing teeth like this every day is still quite difficult for most people.
Studies have shown that no more than 30% of adults can stick to the Bass brushing method for more than a week, and the time is even less.
The use of electric toothbrushes subtly meets the Bass brushing method's requirements and solves the difficult brushing problem. Electric toothbrushes are easy to use and provide functions such as timing. More people choose to use electric toothbrushes for dental health. At this time, it is not unreasonable for electric toothbrushes to replace ordinary toothbrushes.
So, in addition to "solving the problem of difficult brushing," is an electric toothbrush really easy to use or just a gimmick? What are the pros and cons of electric toothbrushes and manual brushing? Let's make a comparison together.
Difference 1. Operation
The biggest difference between electric toothbrushes and ordinary toothbrushes is that electric toothbrushes rely on motors to generate force, while ordinary toothbrushes rely on manual force, and electric toothbrushes need to be charged before they can be used, while ordinary toothbrushes do not.
Difference 2. Cleaning power
According to multiple studies, after three months of use, electric toothbrushes have 21% less plaque and 11% less gingivitis than those who use manual brushing, which shows that electric toothbrushes have obvious advantages. "
Many people do not clean their teeth enough. Food residues stay on the surface of the teeth, and the plaque slowly accumulates, then calcifies to form calculus, which in turn leads to oral diseases such as gingival swelling and bleeding, periodontitis, and tooth decay. If you brush your teeth incorrectly, manual brushing can be difficult to remove plaque, and if you lick your teeth with your tongue, you can even feel a thin layer of rough, sticky stuff on the sides of your teeth. If you do not correct your brushing method and blindly increase the brushing time and intensity, it will easily cause tooth wear and gum damage. At this time, the benefits of the electric toothbrush are reflected. After using the electric toothbrush, the high-frequency vibration will loosen and clean the plaque on the surface of the teeth so that people can feel the smooth surface of the teeth. (You can try it yourself, if you feel that the inside of your teeth is not clean, you may have calculus).
Difference 3. Cleaning efficiency
The cleaning speed of a manual toothbrush depends entirely on the user's mood. While the cleaning speed of an electric toothbrush is set and moves tens of thousands of times per minute, the cleaning effect of an electric toothbrush for one minute is better than that of a manual toothbrush for ten minutes.
Difference 4. Tooth injury rate
The strength of manual toothbrushes is not fixed, and it is easy to brush the wrong way, which has a high tooth injury rate, but electric toothbrushes have a fixed strength and bristles swing, which greatly reduces tooth injury. Traditional toothbrushes are not rounded, or the filaments with a low rounding rate will appear flat or split. At this time, vigorous brushing will not only fail to clean the mouth but also cause great damage to the teeth and gums. When choosing an electric toothbrush, it is especially necessary to consider and compare the roundness of the bristles. The roundness of the bristles is high, which can ensure the safety of the teeth during the cleaning process, and will not hurt the gums and teeth.
Difference 5. Portability
Traditional toothbrushes are small in size, easy to carry, and more convenient when traveling. Electric toothbrushes often require a set of chargers. However, many electric toothbrushes on the market have relatively long battery life. They can be used for a long period without a charger on business trips and have an electric toothbrush case for users to carry on the go.
Difference 6. Price
Electric toothbrushes are generally more expensive than ordinary toothbrushes, and electric toothbrushes also need to be replaced every 3 months like ordinary toothbrushes. In some brands, the blue bristles in the brush head turn from blue to white, indicating that they need to be replaced. New, and the price of the brush head is not low. But compared to the money spent on going to the dentist because of oral problems, the money spent on keeping teeth healthy and preventing oral diseases is worth it.
Some people think that children are not suitable for using electric toothbrushes and that brushing too much will lead to periodontitis, but there is no evidence that electric toothbrushes can cause gum damage in children, let alone periodontitis. Children's dental plaque is sometimes very thick and difficult to remove. Electric toothbrushes can clean children's teeth more effectively and are easy to use, so they are very suitable for children. Dada-Tech DT-BB1 is specially designed for babies under the age of three. In addition to this, we also have various electric toothbrushes for kids aged 3-16.
Finally, if you buy an electric toothbrush, here are some suggestions for you:
- Some people may use traditional toothbrushes for a long time. At first, they will feel very uncomfortable using electric toothbrushes and may also bleed. It doesn’t matter. After using them a few times, they will understand the brushing strength and methods, then get used to brushing with an electric toothbrush.
- Most people have misunderstandings about the strength of brushing. They mistakenly believe that the greater the force, the better the brushing effect, so the gums and tooth enamel have suffered unnecessary wear and tear for a long time. In this case, I would recommend using a toothbrush with an intelligent pressure sensor. When using an electric toothbrush, the toothbrush will automatically remind you to apply moderate force. When you brush your teeth too hard, the vibration of the brush head will slow down or stop.
- If the environment is humid, the bristles of electric toothbrushes used for a long time are prone to a large number of bacterial growth and reproduction. Therefore, the toothbrush head should be turned up and placed in a ventilated place to dry naturally after use. After using an electric toothbrush for a long time, the bristles will be bent and the ends will be worn out, which will reduce the brushing efficiency. Therefore, replacing the brush head with a new one is recommended after three months of normal use.