There is a “great debate” about the oral care benefits of an electric toothbrush, but when used correctly – they can actually make your teeth, gums, and tongue cleaner and healthier than a manual brush.

Thorough brushing is difficult at any age, but increasingly so when children are younger, more impatient, and less detailed in their teeth cleaning routine. Manual toothbrush bristles usually cannot effectively reach certain areas within the mouth, nor are they able to remove the plaque built up between your teeth. However, an electric toothbrush has various features that assist in this process.

The Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

Some electric toothbrushes offer a rotating head, providing bristles that can reach further due to the combination of motion and equal pressure when brushing on either side of your mouth.

Also, the vibration of an electric toothbrush helps to dislodge food between teeth, offering a more effective clean.

In addition, equal distribution of cleaning means there is no preferential brushing based on which hand you tend to use most.

And lastly …there are usually timers on an electronic toothbrush, ensuring you brush for the appropriate amount of time required to effectively clean your teeth.

Kids and Electric Toothbrushes

As mentioned, kids often fall privy to poor oral care, as they simply don’t have the dexterity or patience to clean their teeth fully. So the benefits of an electric toothbrush seemingly increases where children are concerned.

Moreover, kids with braces have an increasingly harder time cleaning in all the nooks and crannies that come with braces, so an electric toothbrush can assist in a more effective all-over clean.

Electric Toothbrush Cautions

Don’t fall victim to thinking running an electric toothbrush over your teeth will provide you with a cavity free smile. An electric toothbrush is an oral care tool and it still needs to be used twice a day for the proper duration of time, as well as flossing daily to fully gain the benefits.

At DentistsRUs, we are not here to endorse any one brand, but to rather help you better understand the benefits of what using an electronic toothbrush can do for your oral care routine. Perhaps consider a family gift of oral care this Christmas, and keep those smile “merry and bright” for 2015!