If there’s one item we have dates with at least once and hopefully twice a day, it’s our toothbrush.
Unlike so many other things out there, the humble toothbrush hasn’t really changed much since its inception in the 1930s.
That said, an invention in the 1960s shook things up a little: the electric toothbrush. As you’d expect, these gadgets cost a lot more than your average toothbrush when they first hit the market and today, they still come at a heftier price in comparison to their counterparts.
So, is that extra splash of cash really worth it?
According to statistics out there that show 90% of us don’t even use a proper brushing technique, yes .
To explain what we’re saying here further, when we’re brushing away (let’s face it, usually either early in the morning or late at night), we don’t always manage to get to every tooth.
This is where electric toothbrushes really tend to come into their own. Consider this: electric brushes rotate anywhere between 3,000 to 7,000 times per minute.
Don’t get us wrong. Manual toothbrushes will thoroughly clean your teeth and tongue (remember, you should brush your tongue as well) as long as you’re thoroughly brushing for around two minutes.
Not to mention, manual toothbrushes do tend to be a little less harmful to the mouth as they’re more flexible and can be moved around the mouth easily.
And when it comes to travelling, manual toothbrushes are far more convenient. You don’t have to worry about taking your charger on your travels or even needing to remember to charge your brush.
Meanwhile, as far as variety goes, the range of manual toothbrush options out there far outweighs their electric cousin. Soft, medium and hard bristles are all available, as are small, standard or larger heads. You need to select a toothbrush that really suits you.
As for the slightly fancier electric toothbrush, one good advantage it has over the manual toothbrush is that an automatic timer is included in its design. That means that it’ll alert you whenever your two minute brush is done and dusted. This assists you in maintaining your oral health in the longer-term.
When it comes to selecting an electric toothbrush, make sure you have a chat with your dentist. As the good old saying goes: you get what you pay for. It may be worth your while to invest another $20 or $30 on a quality brush.
Now, if you happen to suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or anything that limits you in terms of moving your hands or arms, an electronic toothbrush can really help.
If you are thinking of investing in an electronic toothbrush, you’ve got nothing to lose from having a chat to your dentist who’ll be able to guide you in the right direction and might even ask you questions you may not have even considered.
Our friendly team here at NovaDental are here to take your call: 1300 549 750