Electric toothbrush vs Manual toothbrush Laura Nickell, zakiya hazelton,austin futrell, devann webb

Why the electric toothbrush is better than the manual toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes are largely favored over their manual counterparts because they possess greater features, are easily accessible, an have overall long-term health benefits.

Electric toothbrush: Better brush, Better features

The greatest difference between the electric toothbrush and the manual toothbrush are the features that each of the two provide. Some electric toothbrushes have LCD screens which show brushing time and sometimes smiley face icons or other images to encourage users to brush more accurately. Most modern top-end sonic toothbrushes come with a pressure sensor, which prevents users from brushing too aggressively( Usa.Phillips.com).Some of the sensors produce a sound warning and others even stop immediately when the toothbrush is being used too aggressively.

According to Oral B's website, some of the models even have Bluetooth capability(OralB.com). Bluetooth connectivity allows data to be transferred from an electric toothbrush to another Bluetooth device, such as a smartphone. Most sonic toothbrushes also come with different cleaning modes and intensity levels (Animated-teeth.com).Phillip Sonicare also provides electric toothbrushes especially for children with features such as the KidPacer, that plays music while being used.

Electric toothbrushes are easily-accessible

Electric toothbrushes are less dependent upon a user's personal technique,which is why they are easily accessible for young children and the elderly. For patients with limited manual ability or where difficulty exists in reaching rear teeth, dentists regard electric toothbrushes as being especially beneficial(Wikipedia.org). The American Dental Association recommends electric toothbrushes for people who have limited mobility with their shoulders, arms, or hands. Electric toothbrushes are often easier to grip. This is especially important for people who have arthritis or problems with manual dexterity (Marchbanks 1).

" I even use an electric toothbrush on my dentures "

Electric toothbrushes long-term health benefits

Individuals who use electric toothbrushes report that they have better oral health with cleaner teeth and fewer cavities ( Marchbanks 1). Most electric toothbrushes have two heads that rotate in opposite directions. This makes the electric toothbrush far more effective than the manual toothbrush, since it brushes teeth in both directions at once. Since electric toothbrushes do a better job of cleaning the teeth and gums, using an electric toothbrush can help prevent your gums from receding. Since electric toothbrushes clean the surface of enamel more effectively than manual ones, the enamel looks whiter and shinier after being brushed by an electric toothbrush (Humana.com).

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