Power toothbrushes have been available for decades, but it only recently that we are seeing its popularity. You’ve seen them before in stores and you’ve probably considered purchasing one. But then you were drawn back, thinking that manual brushing has always worked for you, so why bother buy this one? What makes this handy gadget better than the traditional one anyway? In the first place, is it really more effective or is it just easy to use? What information is available about its safety? This article focuses on answering those questions.
Better Plaque Removal
Your dentist will definitely tell you that thorough plaque removal is essential for optimal oral health. However, this is possible with just the use of a manual toothbrush and a good brushing technique. Why shift to a power toothbrush then? New research supports that the current generation of power brushes removes more plaque than manual toothbrushes in a variety of clinical trial models. The studies also show that manual brushes are inferior to the power toothbrushes for plaque control. In fact, even the most sophisticated manual toothbrushes remove significantly less plaque than battery powered ones. The bottom line: power brushes outperform the manual ones.
Safe To Use
The design of power brushes, its portability, and the softness of the bristles all contribute to ease of use, effectiveness, and safety. Another advantage of power toothbrushes is that significantly less force is needed to remove plaque than is required for manual toothbrushes. Forces used with power toothbrushes are in the 80 to190 g/f range, compared to forces in excess of 250 g/f with manual brushes. These findings also suggest that power toothbrushes are less likely to cause dental and gingival abrasions. Studies have also found no damage reported following the use of any of the power toothbrushes available today.
The Price Range
The power toothbrush market has experienced steady growth since it was introduced in the market. Retail purchases have shown to double in annual sales too. This tells you that you might have to spend more than usual in purchasing one because power brushes, indeed, were really expensive in the past. However, the introduction of lower cost versions has made it possible for everyone to afford one. Now, consumers can definitely access the benefits of power toothbrush technology with the lower cost options.