Technology makes everything better, right? While that’s certainly true about dentures, the answer for toothbrushes isn’t as clear. Although modern toothbrushes are being installed with everything from positional sensors to game-like apps, there’s no real evidence supporting the effectiveness of these innovations.
In truth, there’s little hard evidence to support the benefits of electric toothbrushes at all. Compared to careful brushing with a manual brush, electric toothbrushes aren’t necessarily better.
But there are a few circumstances in which the electric toothbrush might be helpful for maintaining your oral health between checkups.
You Have Difficulty Brushing
One of the best things about an electric toothbrush is that it does all the work for you. If you have difficulty making fine muscle motions as a result of arthritis or other health condition, then an electric toothbrush can really help. It has even more benefit if you have difficulty grasping the narrow handle of a regular toothbrush: the handle of an electric toothbrush is larger and easier to hold.
You Don’t Brush Long Enough
Many people just don’t brush for long enough. Partly, that may be because you don’t know how long you’ve been brushing. If you’re bored, it can seem like a really long time to brush for two or three minutes.
Electric toothbrushes usually have timers installed so you can know that you’ve been brushing long enough.
You Brush Too Hard
Whether you’re using a manual toothbrush or an electric one, brushing too hard can hurt your gums and increase the risk of gum recession. Some electric toothbrushes have pressure sensors that will tell you if you are brushing too hard. This can help protect your gums.
High Tech Gadgets Attract You
Another potential reason to buy an electric toothbrush with some of the fancy equipment is that you’re naturally drawn to high tech gadgets. It’s important to brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly, so if a high tech toothbrush is going to attract you to do that more often, then you should get one.
This is sometimes true for kids, but it’s not only kids that are interested in playing games while brushing their teeth.
Now, if only someone can come up with a high tech dental floss, we’ll all have better oral health.