Electronic Toothbrush – Better Oral Hygiene Or Lazy Tooth Cleaning?

Dental hygiene is very important to your health and well being. Something we get drummed into us when we are young but we don’t all take notice of until it’s too late. I probably first heard of an electronic toothbrush when I was in my teens in the 70s and until recently always thought of them as tooth cleaners for lazy people.

According to Wikepedia the electric toothbrush was invented in Switzerland way back in 1954 for people with poor motor skills. The first model was called the Broxodent, not very memorable but obviously the invention was a good one and is growing in popularity with many different models.

We all become familiar with nylon bristle toothbrushes when we are infants. We are taught how to squeeze fruit flavoured toothpaste onto our brushes and brush our teeth and gums up, down and everywhere. Our parents make it fun by making a game of it, but then as we get older it becomes a chore rather than a game and tooth cleaning gets easier to cut short or even to miss.

Then when you start being attracted to boyfriends or girlfriends your oral hygiene quickly resumes because you don’t want to get up close with bad breath. You may continue with regular toothcare but how often does a quick clean replace a though brushing and prevention of gum disease?

Gum disease – that won’t happen to me – you may think, but it can happen to anybody. Teeth become loose and move out of place, you start to loose them and your lovely smile. You might not even notice the onslaught if you are a smoker because smoking masks gum disease from you. Unless you begin to take oral hygiene seriously you could lose your teeth and suffer a lot of toothache on the way.

There are 2 types of electronic toothbrush, vibration and rotation-oscillation. Although 75{15aeb35eec840799df247626cfa6821cb9499241e90aba7a245c8546144fd8f4} of dentists, including my own recommend them, researchers found that using most of them is no better for your teeth and gums than using a manual toothbrush. I guess we can translate that to some models are better than others just like anything else, though the rotation-oscillation type have been found to be marginally better.

The research obviously depends upon whether or not you brush your teeth for 2 minutes, or correctly, or often enough. If you don’t then using any type of electric toothbrush should be better for you than half hearted manual brushing. I have finally come round to the way of thinking that they are a must have item for the lazy tooth cleaner and can actually help anybody who is suffering from gum disease.

Research will also depend upon the models tested. Some of the rechargeable models claim to remove twice as much plaque as the ordinary manual type and to help whiten your teeth. They also help to stimulate gums and keep them healthier.

Lets forget research for now and take a look at what I have found.

I had a full set of teeth and no problems until 5 years ago when the first was pulled. I was losing them at the rate of 1 a year until I accepted that quick manual brushing twice a day was not doing anything to resolve the gum disease that my dentist kept on warning me about. I smoked for 40 years and stopped 19 months ago, that was when the masking stopped and I could feel the gum disease. I bought a rechargeable toothbrush on my dentist’s recommendation and have helped to knock back the gum disease with proper cleaning and using a recommended mouthwash regularly.

I stopped getting toothache, my gums are fine, teeth aren’t as loose and I haven’t had a tooth out since. The manual has gone in the bin and I have a second electronic toothbrush packed away in my case because I don’t want to be without one on my travels. Yes they are better for my oral hygiene and not just for lazy people.

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