Last updated on October 16, 2023
Is it true that dentists don't use electric toothbrushes?
This is half true and half false. There are dentists who use it and dentists who don't.
This time,We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of electric toothbrushes and how to use them properly!
In this article you will find
- Electric toothbrushes used by dentists
- Advantages and disadvantages of electric toothbrushes
- How to choose and use an electric toothbrush recommended by a dentist
Please read to the end.
- Doesn't your dentist use an electric toothbrush?
- What electric toothbrush does your dentist use?
- Advantages of Electric Toothbrush
- Disadvantages of electric toothbrushes
- Proper use of electric toothbrush
- How to Choose an Electric Toothbrush
- Electric toothbrushes can brush teeth quickly and cleanly if used correctly.
Doesn't your dentist use an electric toothbrush?
You may have heard that "dentists don't use electric toothbrushes."
Actually, "electric toothbrush" vs. "hand toothbrush" is,Even among dentists, opinions can be divided.
Brushing is done to clean the teeth and clean the mouth.
Therefore, it does not matter whether you use an electric toothbrush or a hand toothbrush, as long as you can properly clean your teeth.
Neither is better and neither is worse, and there is no general rule that says that dentists do not use electric toothbrushes.
What electric toothbrush does your dentist use?
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I have been a Sonicare user for many years.
Patients often ask me what electric toothbrush I recommend,I recommend Sonicare every time.
A smaller head is recommended.
After using the floss, if you brush by applying it to each strand for a few seconds without using force, you can really clean and polish.
Compared to manual brushing, there is less residue between teeth.
For those who are unsure about debuting an electric toothbrush, I would highly recommend using one, even if it is a model that is out of production.
It removes stains so efficiently and leaves my teeth so smooth that I will never go back to brushing by hand.
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I have used electric toothbrushes several times in the past, but Sonicare's brushing comfort is incomparable.
I would buy the same one again if it breaks.
Advantages of Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes offer the following advantages
- Brushes teeth in a short time
- Constant force of the toothbrush against the teeth
- Can be used by men and women of all ages
Brushes teeth in a short time
Electric toothbrushes are designed to efficiently clean teeth.
By following the instructions for each electric toothbrush and using it properly,Brushes teeth in less time than a hand toothbrush.
Easy to apply toothbrush with constant force
With a hand toothbrush, you may unintentionally scrub your teeth with force and scrubbing while moving the toothbrush.
With electric toothbrushes, except for ultrasonic types, you only need to apply it lightly to your teeth and glide it over your teeth to remove stains,Easy to maintain constant pressure on teethIt is.
Can be used by men and women of all ages
If the age range for electric toothbrushes is right, as long as the brush is only placed against the teeth,It can be used by men and women of all ages.
Disadvantages of electric toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes also have the following disadvantages. Therefore, in some cases, manual toothbrushes are more to their liking.
- More expensive than a hand toothbrush
- Electricity required
- Wrong use can damage teeth and gums.
- If not used correctly, dirt will not be removed.
More expensive than a hand toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes cost more than ¥1,000 for an inexpensive one and tens of thousands of yen for an expensive one,This is expensive compared to hand toothbrushes, which can be purchased for as little as 100 yen each.
In addition, because of the cost of replacement brushes, the cost of batteries if they are battery-operated, and the cost of replacing them when they break,Running costs are also higher than for hand toothbrushes.
In fact, if you use a good one, it won't break that often, but the cost of a replacement brush is surprisingly high.
If the regular replacement brush is too expensive, it is possible to use an alternative because the alternative is effective enough.
It depends on the model,The toothbrush will not work unless batteries are inserted or charged.
If you do not stock spare batteries or charge them frequently, you will not be able to use your electric toothbrush when you want to brush your teeth.
Wrong use can damage teeth and gums.
Because of the strong action of the brush to remove dirt,If used incorrectly or pressed too hard and forcefully, it can damage the teeth and gums.
If not used correctly, dirt will not be removed.
Move the brush to stroke the surface of the teeth, but you need to be able to apply the brush to the teeth in full,There is a possibility of leaving residue between teeth and at the border between teeth and gums.
Proper use of electric toothbrush
In order for an electric toothbrush to perform properly, it is most important to use it correctly.
The proper way to brush depends on how the electric toothbrush moves, so read the instructions carefully to learn how to move the brush.
The following three points are common to the proper use of most electric toothbrushes and should be kept in mind.
- Replace brushes every 3 months.
- Choose a non-abrasive, low-foaming toothpaste.
- Perform maintenance on the unit.
Replace brushes every 3 months.
The brush portion of an electric toothbrush, like a hand toothbrush, needs to be replaced when the bristles open up or lose their firmness.
To ensure that the action of the electric toothbrush is properly transmitted to the teeth, even if you do not see any change in the appearance of the brush,Replace brushes every three months.
Choose a non-abrasive, low-foaming toothpaste.
Electric toothbrushes are more effective in removing stains from teeth,Toothpaste containing coarse abrasives cannot be used.
There is a risk that the teeth will be ground down and the enamel covering the teeth will become thinner, causing sensitivity and other problems.Use a non-abrasive toothpaste.
Also, toothpastes with a lot of foaming agents can become too foamy and overflow from the mouth when used with an electric toothbrush.
It's also harder to see the teeth, and it's more difficult to apply the brush accurately,Choose a low-foaming or no-foaming toothpaste.
Perform maintenance on the unit.
Maintenance of the unit is also important for electric toothbrushes.
After use, wash and dry the brush thoroughly and do not allow water to collect on the border between the brush and the body.
If water on the body is left unattended,Failure to do so may result in electrical leakage or malfunction.
If rechargeable,After brushing your teeth, wipe the water off the unit and then stand it on a stand for charging.
How to Choose an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are available from a variety of manufacturers, ranging from those costing in the thousands of yen to those costing tens of thousands of yen.
When choosing an electric toothbrush, keep the following points in mind
- Brush movement
- Brush size
- Battery type or rechargeable type?
- Ancillary Functions
Electric toothbrushes can be divided into four main types based on brush movement.
- Vibration type
- ultrasonic formula
Different brushes move in different ways to remove dirt.exileTherefore, check before you buy.
Brush vibrates vertically and horizontallyand remove stains with the force of physically scrubbing the teeth.
Because of the simplicity of the movement, the price of electric toothbrushes is relatively low.
The round brush rotates,It moves to encircle each tooth one by one.
Like the vibrating type, it removes stains by physically scrubbing the teeth with a brush.
The 200-300 Hz sonic vibrations, which oscillate 20,000-40,000 times per minute, remove stains from teeth.
Not just where the brush is physically hitting,Sonic vibrations are transmitted to the tips of the bristles, which are not in contact with each other, up to about 2 mm away, and dirt is removed.
Vibration at 1.6 to 2 million Hz or higher, depending on manufacturer and performance,Remove stains and biofilm from teeth.
Biofilm is a film of oral bacteria.
It causes tooth decay and gum disease, but like water stains, it sticks to the teeth and cannot be removed with a hand toothbrush.
Biofilm removal requires the use of specialized machinery at a dental cleaning, but an ultrasonic electric toothbrush can remove it on its own.
Electric toothbrushes come in a variety of brush shapes.
Some brushes are too large and difficult to get into the back teeth, while others hurt when they hit the gums.
Something that fits the size of your mouth and easily reaches your back teeth,Smaller brushes are recommended.It is.
Battery type or rechargeable type?
There are two types of electric toothbrushes: battery-operated and rechargeable.
If you want to use it on the go,Compact, battery-operated electric toothbrushes are recommended.It is.
Many rechargeable electric toothbrushes have relatively large bodies, a wide variety of brushes that can be used, and toothbrushing modes that can be selected according to your concerns.
If you prefer a greater variety of functions, or if you want to focus on home use,Rechargeable batteries are recommended to reduce battery costs.It is.
If you want to use a rechargeable type on the go, choose one with a longer operating time after a full charge.
Some electric toothbrushes come with many accompanying features, depending on the model and performance.
In addition to the standard toothbrushing mode, there is a mode for gentle care of gums, a whitening mode specialized for stains on the surface of teeth, and a mode for tongue brushing.
There are also high-performance products that are linked to a smartphone to tell you if you have leftover toothpaste or to support your child's independent brushing.
Because it depends on the manufacturer and performance of the electric toothbrush,You should also check what features are included.
Electric toothbrushes can brush teeth quickly and cleanly if used correctly.
Electric toothbrushes have ingenious brush movements and shapes, and if used correctly, can remove stains more efficiently, quickly, and cleanly than manual toothbrushes.
When choosing an electric toothbrush, consider brush movement and functionality.
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365dentist General Supervisor Dentist/Yukiko
Graduated from Nagasaki University School of Dentistry, ~2018 Kyushu Medical Center, 2018-present Working at a dental clinic in Tokyo
After completing clinical training, worked in cosmetic dentistry in Tokyo. Currently a dentist and dental writer.