Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice daily to ensure optimal oral hygiene. But is your toothbrush damaging your teeth and gums? It has come to light in recent years that your manual toothbrush could be a cause of sensitive gums and teeth. So what are your options if a manual toothbrush is harmful? Dentists say an electric toothbrush is the best way to ensure the ultimate cleanliness of your teeth by ridding them of damaging plaque buildup.

Simply purchasing just any electric toothbrush for travel, however, is not enough to guarantee optimal oral hygiene. There are many different choices on the market today. Many people think that a battery powered toothbrush is the same thing as an electric toothbrush, but they just aren’t comparable. A battery powered toothbrush will typically use a couple of AA batteries to add a little extra vibration to your manual brushing habits. Though the efforts are well intended, a battery powered toothbrush does not have the extra burst of cleaning power an electric toothbrush has, not to mention the added cost of continually replacing batteries once they are drained.

Actual electric toothbrushes or power toothbrushes are equipped with a recharging base that plugs into a wall outlet, allowing for the continual recharging of your toothbrush. As with manual toothbrushes, it is recommended to replace the soft-bristled heads every three to four months, to ensure optimal cleaning results. Some electric toothbrushes are made with special features, including gum massage and whitening, as well bristles for sensitive teeth. Some are even affixed with sensors that monitor the pressure you are applying to your teeth and gums and will shut the electric toothbrush off to prevent damage to the delicate areas of your teeth and gums. In addition to these special features, you can even purchase brush heads that have specific qualities, such as, oscillation, rotation, and sonic technology.

Although the typical manual toothbrush will only cost you a few dollars every few months, an electric toothbrush will run quite a bit more, anywhere from $ 50 to more than $ 100, depending on the particular unit and brand. However, some oral hygiene companies have made more cost-effective toothbrushes available for those on a tight budget that are around $ 15 to $ 25.

When compared to a manual toothbrush, a power toothbrush promotes not just fun brushing habits, but also beneficial results when it comes to oral hygiene. It has been clinically proven that an electric toothbrush featuring dual-action technology can remove up to 70 percent more plaque better and faster than a manual toothbrush can, especially in those hard-to-reach areas, preventing cavities and gingivitis. Many dental publications, including the American Journal of Dentistry and British Dental Journal promote using these toothbrushes over manual toothbrushes. In addition, in a recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 12,000 people admitted that after consistently using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one, their oral cleanliness improved dramatically.

Electric toothbrushes also make it easy for those to brush their teeth who suffer from debilitating conditions such as arthritis or limited mobility of the hands or arms. The larger handle of these toothbrushes makes it easier to grip than that of a thin plastic handle of a manual toothbrush. Additionally, if you have a hard time turning the brush to reach those back crevices of the mouth, these toothbrushes are designed to do just that with little effort on your part.

Another wonderful benefit of these toothbrushes compared to manual toothbrushes is they are less harmful to our environment. On average, a person will go through at least 4 manual toothbrushes a year, of which the heads are not recyclable, whereas it will be years before you will have to dispose of your electric unit and invest in a new one. Although it is true that you will still need to replace the heads of your electric toothbrush just as frequently as a manual one, some environmental experts have determined the plastic in just one manual toothbrush is equal to about 14 to 42 electric toothbrush heads, making these toothbrushes more environmentally friendly.

Overall, evidence combined with consumer success has proven that this toothbrush benefits far outweigh those of manual toothbrushes. If you haven’t used or tried one, I’d suggest that you give it a try. It is an investment, however, it is well worth it when it comes to your mouth’s health.

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