Using electric toothbrushes
Using electric toothbrushes can be easier for people coping with medical issues. They are a good choice for people with limited mobility such as those with:
- Carpal tunnel
- Developmental disabilities
Many new electric toothbrush brands come with a built-in timer that can be very helpful to make sure you brush your teeth for long enough to effectively remove plaque from your teeth and gums.
Toddlers and young children may find toothbrushes with timers very useful to help them develop a good oral hygiene routine at home and take control of their own tooth brushing routine.
Using an electric toothbrush can help to improve your focus while brushing. This can help to improve how thoroughly you clean your teeth and help to prevent missed spots that don’t get enough attention when using a manual brush.
Those with orthodontic appliances such as braces can clean more effectively between the wires of their devices with a vibrating or rotating electric toothbrush head.
Electric toothbrushes are safe for use on gums. With a manual toothbrush, there is a risk of brushing too hard and damaging your gums or wearing the tooth enamel. However, most electric toothbrushes have a cut-off action that halts the head from moving when too much pressure is applied to teeth or gums.
This is a very useful tool for those with grip issues or nerve damage to the hands where it may be difficult for you to judge how much pressure you are applying to your toothbrush.