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Do Electric Toothbrushes Really Do the Job?
Using a manual toothbrush from childhood to young adulthood, I never had a cavity or problems with my teeth. When I made the move to an electric toothbrush however, the dentists that claimed these electric toothbrushes were so much better, they found more and more cavities.
Even in today's dentist offices, these types of toothbrushes are being promoted as a super-cleaner of your teeth. Co-workers have even praised how electric toothbrushes have done miracles on their teeth, preventing them from even having to floss! Of course, I don't think dentists would go that far with agreeing with that advice.
But are these electric toothbrushes really that much better than manual toothbrushes? Growing up, I had always used a manual toothbrush. I was so proud how I never had developed a cavity from childhood to young adulthood. ...that is, until... I switched over to using an electric toothbrush in my late 20s. I followed the dentist's advice on how you should be using these electric toothbrushes, slowly sliding the brush as it works over your teeth and gums, holding it at a particular angle.
I honestly do not think my food habits have changed. I do not go overboard on Halloween nor hoard away bags of chocolate and candy to snack on throughout the year. The amount of time I spend taking care of my teeth has not changed either (meaning, I still brush the same number of times during the day) between childhood to adulthood.
Ever since switching though to electric toothbrushes, whenever I leave a dentist office, I always end up having a cavity discovered - albeit very superficial; to the point I always have them taken care of without anesthesia.
Perhaps it is the tools that dentists are using nowadays that have greatly improved. One dentist I went to a few years ago had this tool he used. I'm not sure what it emitted exactly, but it was like having a pen touched to each tooth. Each tooth then produced a number. And if it produced a bad number, it meant you had a cavity. It was like an aggravating pass/fail mark for each tooth. However, years later at another dentist's office, the woman who cleaned my teeth claimed she saw no cavities in my mouth. Then, when the dentist came in to do a verification, a final check, he said, "...oh... there's one... barely noticeable, but it's there." Hmm...
So, I question if these electric toothbrushes are really doing the excellent job they claim to be doing. I haven't made a complete turnaround yet, but I'm not putting that old manual toothbrush of mine away for good just yet!