Are electric toothbrushes worth trying?

You have always brushed your teeth the manual way, for three minutes, focusing on all corners of your mouth. But then suddenly now there is an influx of electric toothbrushes in the market that promise a better brushing experience and improved dental hygiene. Is there any truth to this claim? Is brushing with electric toothbrushes really better than the manual way of brushing one’s teeth? Read on to find out.

Why should we brush our teeth?

Before even coming to the electric vs manual debate, lets see what is the need to brush one’s teeth? Our mouth is the breeding ground for hundreds of strains of bacteria that thrive in its warm and wet confines. When the bacteria builds up around the gums and the teeth, it causes tooth decay and very bad breath. So each time we brush  our teeth, we get rid of the plaque deposited on the teeth and also the bacteria that is trying to make its home there.

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So when do electric toothbrushes fare better? 

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So if it is just removal of all the depositions on the teeth, what do the electric toothbrushes do better?

  • An electric toothbrush does not depend on your thoroughness to reach out to every part of the mouth and the lining of the gums and the crevices between the teeth to clean the teeth well. So if you are a lousy “brusher” then the electric toothbrushes will certainly do this job better for you.
  • They also normally come in two modes of regular and sensitive. You may be having a case of bleeding gums and can tend to aggravate it during manual brushing by putting force while the electric toothbrush will be gentle in the sensitive mode.
  • There may be days when you are rushed and do a half a minute brush just for the sake of it and leave your mouth wanting more to be completely clean. Had you been using an electric toothbrush, it comes inbuilt with a sensor/alarm that will tell you if you need to focus on the quadrant of the mouth for a longer interval.
  • An electric toothbrush will give you an indication when it is time to change the toothbrush head.
  • If you suffer from arthritis and find it difficult to put pressure while brushing and reach all the corners of your mouth, then an electric toothbrush is just for you.

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If you are thorough at brushing, would you need it?

If you spend three minutes every morning, brushing the front and the back of your teeth, cleaning the gums, removing the plaque and cleaning your tongue, then an electric toothbrush cannot perhaps do a better job than you. Many studies have shown that if you are thorough at brushing your teeth manually, then the end result is as good, if not better than what it would be with an electric toothbrush.

Summing up, its your call if you want to spend the money buying a battery operated device that costs ten times your manual toothbrush to take care of your teeth. It leaves your teeth just as clean as a good brushing by hand would. But yes, if you cannot  brush well manually and want to entrust that job to an electric toothbrush, then your teeth will thank you for it!

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About the author

Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.