Looking for an easy tooth whitening solution? Want to avoid cavity fillings? Would you like to stave off gum disease and promote complete oral care?
If so, your best weapon in the fight is also the most well known: the toothbrush.
A regular toothbrush is the most basic cleaning device on the market. The next leap forward in toothbrush technology was the electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush uses some sort of power supply to rapidly move the brush head. After that came the sonic toothbrush. It was much like an electric toothbrush, but it is much higher velocity. It can actually pulse over your teeth at over 30,000 strokes per minute. The most current generation of toothbrushes is the ultra-sonic toothbrush. This “gizmo” is vibrating so quickly it is outside the range of human hearing, using ultrasonic sound waves to more thoroughly clean teeth.
The question is, do I need all that speed on my toothbrush?
The toothbrush was invented approximately one day after early humans ate spinach for the first time. The electric toothbrush was invented in the mid-1950s as a way to help people that were not able to effectively brush their own teeth. It was soon found that electric toothbrushes, which can move side to side or oscillate one direction then the other, could be more effective than manual brushing, but only marginally so, and depending on the brush (and the brusher).
Sonic-style toothbrushes may also be more effective than electric toothbrushes in one: removing gingivitis and stimulation of gum tissue. However, other research shows that oscillating electric toothbrushes are more effective at plague removal. Overall, both types of brushes have been shown to be (only) marginally better than a regular toothbrush.
The final verdict?
Go with what you can afford. If a standard toothbrush is all you can afford, you can have some peace knowing that your toothbrush is probably as good as something more expensive. If you have the ability to shell out more for an electric or sonic brush, you might want to go that route too. One advantage of the powered brushes is that they have timers, allowing you to be a better brusher—based on dental recommendations—even if your brush is only possibly better.
Dr. Missirlian, your local Fort Collins dentist, would be happy to discuss a range of oral health issues with you. If you would like to set up an appointment, please call the friendly staff today.