There are countless toothbrushes on the market in all sorts of colors, designs, and material. The biggest choice you’ll need to make is whether to go with electric or manual. If you’re on the fence about which to buy or if you’ve been a lifelong manual toothbrush user and are considering a change, here are some benefits of opting for an electric toothbrush.
- More Effective Cleaning
- Built-In Timer
- Assistance for Those with Limited Mobility
Manual toothbrushes can still provide an effective clean—given that you’re using the proper technique. However, the rotating power and speed of an electric toothbrush makes it much easier and more likely to get your teeth properly brushed, all while remaining gentle enough that your gums aren’t getting irritated.
Two minutes is the standard recommendation for how long you should be brushing your teeth each session. Many electric toothbrush models these days come with a built-in two-minute timer. That means that they either stop or notify you when two minutes is up. They may even buzz every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch quadrants in your mouth. This helpful feature means you don’t need to keep track of the time yourself when brushing.
If you have limited mobility in your hands or wrists because of a condition like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, it may be difficult for you to hold and use a manual toothbrush in all the right angles and for the proper amount of time necessary to achieve a good clean. Electric toothbrushes take over much of the work so you don’t have to move your hands and wrists as much to get that circular brushing motion.
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