Choosing an Electric Toothbrush for Gum Disease

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Choosing an Electric Toothbrush for Gum Disease

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According to a study done by Peter Robinson of Sheffield University, electric toothbrushes, compared to a traditional toothbrush, reduced plaque 11% better and reduced signs of gum disease and gingivitis by 6%. With such results, it's no wonder that more people are changing from the traditional toothbrush to an electric one.


One benefit of an electric toothbrush over a manual one is an increased amount of brushing done in the same amount of time. An electric toothbrush has the added advantage of being able to rotate at a faster speed than its user could brush with a manual toothbrush. The added brush strokes help remove more plaque and, in many cases, can reach places than a traditional toothbrush can. The less plaque and grime build-up on the teeth, the less chance of dental diseases such as gum disease or gingivitis.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissue around your teeth. Gum disease normally targets the sulcus just below the gum line. If not taken care of, it can cause the gum tissue around the teeth to weaken enough for the teeth to actually fall out. The gums become infected because of invading plaque. The plaque causes small crevices in the gum and teeth that can collect debris. If the debris is not brushed away, it can turn into an infection of the tissue surrounding the crevice. The best way to treat gum disease is through regular brushing and flossing. Although brushing alone will not completely prevent gum disease, using an electric toothbrush can increase the amount of strokes of the brush across the teeth. The additional strokes remove additional debris and plaque, reducing your chances of developing gum disease.


There has always been a worry that an electric toothbrush may be able to cause damage to the gum tissue from over-brushing the area too quickly. However, there are no studies that currently show that an electric toothbrush does anymore damage to the gums than a regular toothbrush could. Additionally, the benefit from brushing far outweighs any damage that the bristles may cause during brushing.


When choosing an electric toothbrush to combat gingivitis, you need to take into account three main things. One thing to consider is tooth sensitivity. Because an electric toothbrush brushes the surface of your teeth at a much higher speed than a regular toothbrush, people with sensitive teeth need to be particular careful about which brush they buy. Luckily, just like a regular toothbrush, electric toothbrushes also have models with soft bristles. Next you will need to look at cost. An electric toothbrush can cost as little as £3 to over £65. Balance the features you need with the price of the toothbrush. Also, you will need to look at features. The higher the price of the toothbrush, the greater the amount of features you will be able to have. Possible features include timers, pressure sensors, different brush head sizes, trial periods and warranties. For more detailed information on electric toothbrush features, please view the link in the additional resources section of this article.

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