03 Jun

Two-thirds of Brits now use an electric toothbrush, survey reveals

More than two-thirds of British adults are now using an electric toothbrush, according to a new survey. 

The Oral Health Foundation conducted a poll recently as part of this year’s National Smile Month campaign, which kicked off on the 18th May. The survey showed that there has been an increase of 50% in the number of people using an electric toothbrush in the last five years. For the first time ever, more people are using an electric brush rather than a manual version. 

According to the study, approximately 12 million people have replaced a manual brush with an electric brush in the last five years, with an estimated 34 million people now using an electric toothbrush. 

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, suggested that the findings were positive. There is clear evidence, Dr Carter explained, that electric brushes remove plaque more effectively than manual products. Plaque is the main risk factor for gum disease and decay. Using an electric brush, especially one which has a small, oscillating head, is an effective means of keeping the teeth and gums clean and reducing the risk of oral disease. 

One of the main reasons electric toothbrushes have become more popular in recent years is their affordability. In years gone by, there was a huge gap in price between electric and manual brushes, but this has narrowed dramatically. It is now possible for buyers to purchase high-quality electric toothbrushes for £15-£20. The range of products has also diversified, with brushes ranging from simple models to cutting-edge brushes that are compatible with smartphones. 

The Oral Health Foundation survey revealed that most people (45%) switched to an electric toothbrush because they thought it would improve cleaning. Just under 30% bought an electric brush on the recommendation of their dentist and 18% were swayed by features, including a timer.