New research has shown that using an electric toothbrush is better for your dental health than employing a manual brush.
Researchers found that using an electric toothbrush contributes to healthier gums, a reduced risk of tooth decay and a higher probability of keeping the natural teeth for longer. The new study, which has been labelled ‘ground-breaking’ due to the fact that it is the largest study of its kind, analysed data collected over a period of 11 years. The findings, which have been published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, revealed that using an electric toothbrush can reduce the risk of gum recession by 22% and decay by 18%.
The latest oral health survey carried out by the Oral Health Foundation suggests that less than half of British adults use an electric toothbrush, with many citing cost as a reason for sticking with a manual brush. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the foundation, believes that buying an electric brush represents an excellent investment in improved oral health, especially as the price of brushes has fallen as a result of technological advances. Electric toothbrushes are now available for as little as £10, and they last a lot longer than manual brushes.
Just 49% of adults use an electric toothbrush. Two-thirds of those who have an electric toothbrush made the switch to enjoy oral health benefits. More than a third chose to buy a brush after receiving advice from their dentist and 13% of people were given an electric brush as a gift.
Dr Carter suggested that the latest study builds on evidence showcased by previous projects and encouraged dental patients to ensure they take good care of their teeth and gums. Even if you don’t have an electric toothbrush, you can achieve a deep clean, which will reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.