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Benefits of Electronic and Sonic Toothbrushes

Advances in dental care technology have resulted in a new wave of automatic, battery-operated toothbrushes. Electric and sonic toothbrushes have bristles that rotate, vibrate or move back and forth at a high speed, replicating the motion of manual brushing. The main difference between electric and sonic toothbrushes is strokes or rotations per minute, with sonic toothbrushes averaging 27, 000 more strokes or rotations per minute than their electronic counterparts. Electric and sonic toothbrushes have advantages that manual toothbrushes do not have.

Less work

Electronic and sonic toothbrushes cut down the muscle work required to brush your teeth. This may seem like a trivial advantage to the average person, but it makes a world of difference for people with impaired hand motor function or hand muscle weakness, such as individuals with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or certain neurological diseases. Additionally, electronic and sonic toothbrushes have large lightweight handles, that make gripping easier. Thanks to the ergonomic design of the devices, even people with hand function challenges can maintain good oral health.

Better cleaning action

When dental plaque accumulates on the surface of the teeth, tooth decay can occur to such an extent that tooth extraction is required. A good way to avoid this is to use an electronic or sonic toothbrush which does a more efficient job of removing plaque from the surface of the teeth compared to a manual toothbrush. Mechanized toothbrushes deliver more rigorous, floss-like scrubbing than manual toothbrushes and teeth benefit from up to 5 times the amount of brush strokes. The intense motion of the rotating and oscillating bristles also increases saliva production which counteracts plaque buildup beneath the gum lines.  Because of their superior effect on bacteria-infested dental plaque, electronic and sonic toothbrushes also do a relatively better job of reducing bad breath and gingivitis.

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