Who should use an electric toothbrush? – M-Teeth

According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), approximately 78 percent of all Americans will have at least one cavity by the time they reach age 17. The ADHA also reports that about 80 percent of the U.S. population has some form of gum disease (ADAH, n.d. Retrieved November 24, 2021). Many people have dental problems in their whole life without even knowing this. Fortunately, we humans are good at finding shortcuts to making life easier: electric toothbrushes came out as a perfect solution to the difficulty of human oral health problems.

The first electric toothbrush was produced in 1937 by Tomlinson Moseley (Wikimedia, n.d). The earliest electric toothbrushes were not rechargeable means it’s must be used while plugging with the electricity. But of course, the industry is quite improved as time passes by, we have many options nowadays, and some features are designed based on modern people’s lifestyles.

  1. Soda lover & coffee lover:

According to a report published in the journal General Dentistry, a long-term diet soda addiction can cause as much dental damage as years of smoking crack cocaine or crystal meth (Michelle, 2013.Retrieved November 24, 2021). Besides soda drinks, coffee is also one of the main causes that harm your teeth. Coffee contains ingredients called tannins that can stain your teeth (Chung KT, Wong TY, Wei CI, Huang YW&Lin Y. ,1998. Retrieved November 24, 2021). Because tannins cause colour compounds that stick to your teeth, when these compounds stick, they can leave behind an unwanted yellow hue. Therefore, these kinds of people who have the habits of drinking soda and coffee should be more patient in taking care of their oral health and conditions.

 

  1. Lazy people who can’t ensure the brushing time everyday:

The Academy of General Dentistry reports that the average person brushes for only 45 to 70 seconds a day. This points toward a widespread problem, when you consider that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that people brush for at least two minutes, twice per day, to maintain healthy teeth and gums (ADA, n.d. Retrieved November 24, 2021). Since everyone can’t pull out their phone and count the brushing time every morning and night to reach the recommended brushing time, using an electric toothbrush with a timer would be a great reality problem solution. Besides that, an electric toothbrush with different modes would bring a deeper cleaning function while all you need to do is put the brush on your teeth and let the brush do the work.

 

  1. People who are sensitive and having oral diseases

As we mentioned at the beginning, about 80 percent of the U.S. population has some form of gum disease. Gingivitis is a prevalent and mild form of oral infection, and the most obvious symptom is gum bleeding while brushing. However, gingivitis can be reversible by daily brushing, flossing and regular cleaning by the dentist (Singh, B., & Singh, R.,2013. Retrieved November 24, 2021). And people didn’t realize that when they manually brushed teeth, they always scrub their teeth too hard, which makes the harmed gum bleed frequently. According to the research, electric toothbrushes reduce plaque and gingivitis more than manual toothbrushing in both short and long term(Yaacob, Worthington, Deacon, Deery, Walmsley, Robinson & Glenny, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2021).

 

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Oral Health Fast Facts: Add a Few to Your Next Health Story Stats - Adha. (n.d.). Retrieved November 23, 2021, from https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/72210_Oral_Health_Fast_Facts_&_Stats.pdf

Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, November 5). Electric toothbrush. Wikipedia. Retrieved November 24, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_toothbrush  

Michelle, M. (2013, May 29). Diet soda erodes teeth as much as meth, Crack: Case study. CBS News. Retrieved November 24, 2021, from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/diet-soda-erodes-teeth-as-much-as-meth-crack-case-study/ 

Chung KT, Wong TY, Wei CI, Huang YW, Lin Y. Tannins and human health: a review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 1998 Aug;38(6):421-64. doi: 10.1080/10408699891274273. PMID: 9759559

Toothbrushes. American Dental Association. (n.d.). Retrieved November 24, 2021, from https://www.ada.org/resources/research/science-and-research-institute/oral-health-topics/toothbrushes 

Singh, B., & Singh, R. (2013). Gingivitis–A silent disease. J Dent Med Sci, 6, 30-3.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brijendra-Singh-2/publication/288115367_Gingivitis_-_A_silent_Disease/links/567e514408ae051f9ae52fa5/Gingivitis-A-silent-Disease.pdf 

Powered versus manual toothbrushing ... - cochranelibrary.com. (2014). Retrieved November 24, 2021, from https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD002281.pub3/full?highlightAbstract=manual%7Ctoothbrush 

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