Electric toothbrushes clean teeth and gums much better than manual toothbrushes, according to the findings of a new study. Scientists found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush.
The ground-breaking research took 11 years to complete and is the longest study of its kind into the effectiveness of electric versus manual brushing. Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter believes this study backs up what smaller studies have previously suggested: “Health experts have been speaking about the benefits of electric toothbrushes for many years. This latest piece of evidence is one of the strongest and clearest yet – electric toothbrushes are better for our oral health. Electric toothbrushes, especially those with heads that rotate in both directions, or ‘oscillating’ heads, are really effective at removing plaque. This helps keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. As the science behind the advantages of electric toothbrushes is mounting, the decision whether to invest in one becomes much easier.”
For those who use a manual toothbrush, the cost of going electric is often a turn off. However, Dr Carter says that electric toothbrushes are more accessible than ever before:
“As technology has developed, the cost of having an electric toothbrush becomes even more affordable”.
Further findings from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that electric toothbrushes resulted in 22% less gum recession and 18% less tooth decay over the 11-year period.