Five surprising ways an electric toothbrush benefits your health

Five surprising  ways an electric toothbrush benefits your health

From keeping your heart healthy to helping with arthritis, using an electric toothbrush is even better for you than you might realise.

From keeping your heart healthy to helping with arthritis, using an electric toothbrush is even better for you than you might realise.

Did you know we brush one side of our mouth harder than the other? Or that using an electric toothbrush could help prevent strokes?

Indeed, not only will an electric toothbrush keep your teeth extra clean with very little effort, but using one can have a whole host of extra benefits for your health. Here’s why…

1. It keeps your heart and mind healthy

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that causes gum disease and inflammation if left unchecked. Over time, in some people, the infection can slowly damage the blood vessels in the heart and brain, and has been linked to a whole range of health problems such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease and even dementia.

That’s why it’s important to remove as much plaque as you can. Using an Oral-B electric brush with a CrossAction brush head will remove an impressive 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

2. It’s invaluable if you have arthritis

Using a manual toothbrush can be difficult and even painful if you suffer from arthritis or mobility problems in your wrists, hands or arms.

Not only do electric toothbrushes have chunkier handles that are easier to grip, but also the brush does all the hard work for you, cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth easily and efficiently, and reaching all the difficult areas at the back of your mouth that can be a challenge with an ordinary toothbrush if you have dexterity issues.

3. It enables you to brush for longer

Dentists recommend we brush continuously for two minutes to get our teeth clean and thoroughly remove all plaque and debris.

Electric toothbrushes do away with the guesswork, thanks to inbuilt timers that beep or flash when your time is up; some also alert you at four 30-second intervals, so you know exactly when to move on to a different section of your mouth.

4. It can relieve sensitivity

We all know how to brush our teeth, but most of us are guilty of scrubbing a little too vigorously to make our mouths sparkle. But the harder you brush, the more likely you are to remove the enamel coating from the surface of your teeth, which can make them sensitive to heat and cold, not to mention damaging your gums, causing them to recede.

With an electric toothbrush this doesn’t happen – the rotating, pulsating bristles do all the hard work for you, making it almost impossible to apply more pressure than you need. However, if you do get carried away and brush too hard, the Oral-B Pro 3000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush includes a pressure sensor that warns you when to ease up.

5. It stops one-sided brushing

It’s a little-known fact that right-handed people tend to brush the left side of their mouths more thoroughly than the right side, and vice versa. Putting uneven pressure like this on different areas can mean one side isn’t getting quite as clean.

Electric toothbrushes avoid this by applying equal pressure all over your mouth, making sure every single tooth gets exactly the same amount of attention.

For more tips on keeping your teeth in great condition, why not explore our Oral B homepage?

Have you discovered the power of the electric toothbrush? Why not share your experiences in the comments box below?

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Invictus1 16/11/2017

As i'm one of those people who brush too hard I now have weakened enamel Despite visiting the dentist every 6 months!! I need an electric toothbrush to get me out of the bad habit!

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