Why use an electronic toothbrush?

People ask whether it is worth it to purchase an electronic toothbrush. Being part of dentistry for the last two decades, coupled with the research and observations of patients throughout the years, the answer is “yes.”

This is not an advertisement for any specific brand, but rather an opinion based upon the recommendations of various dental clinicians, dental hygienists, friends and colleagues. 

Many of them prefer to use any version of the Sonicare toothbrush. The Sonicare technology is based upon vibrational frequency, resulting in approximately 31,000 brush strokes per minute. Through this vibrational technology, the toothbrush is able to break up the plaque in hard to reach areas that the toothbrush cannot reach. With a Sonicare toothbrush, you are able to achieve a level of cleanliness that you just cannot get with a regular toothbrush. You can even feel the difference on your teeth. The results are so incomparable with a manual toothbrush, that you will see that Sonicare users never travel without it!

One of the most significant details is that independent research has shown that the Sonicare toothbrush vibrations promote blood flow and increase oxygen between the teeth and below the gumline. Why is this important? This is because harmful bacteria exist below the gumline, the same bacteria that harms teeth, causes tooth decay, and even tooth loss! By introducing oxygen into that hard to reach area, the toothbrush can assist in killing the bacteria.  

Even if the Sonicare brand is not for you, studies have also shown that there are significant benefits to the electrical toothbrush, no matter what the brand it is. People with an electrical toothbrush tend to brush more thoroughly and longer than those with a manual toothbrush. This is due to the built-in timer that provides some kind of guideline and time frame versus a manual toothbrush, which provides no timer or guidelines.  

No matter what you choose, your overall dental health will likely benefit from an electronic toothbrush. As studies have shown, people simply have better cleaning habits than those with a manual toothbrush. People have a healthier mindset toward their teeth, cleaning their teeth longer, more often, for specific durations, resulting an overall cleaner smile and healthier mouth.