When I was a kid, mom bought us all electric toothbrushes on the theory that we would brush our teeth more effectively if we had a new toy to play with, but our dentist thought it was great also. That was exactly what the electric toothbrush was back then. They had not come out very long before, and they weren’t very well developed at that point. They were loud, unreliable, and had a very short lifespan for the price. I couldn’t figure out then why they couldn’t make decent electric toothbrushes. After all, the dentist had an electric toothbrush that worked very well. But for some reason, the consumer models were all cheaply made and expensively priced.
Nowadays, however, things are a lot different. The electric toothbrush is a novelty item no more, but it is hard to find a dental office that offers them. The design has been improved many times, and nowadays electric toothbrushes are extremely well-made and reasonably priced. I still preferred to use a normal toothbrush for a long time, and resisted the temptation to buy an electronic one until I developed some problems with my wrist. I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists from too much time spent sitting at the computer and typing, so anything that can cut down on repetitive motion is really helpful to my physical comfort.
I didn’t really think that an electric toothbrush would make that much difference since I only spend a few minutes every day brushing my teeth, but I did notice that brushing was uncomfortable as were many other activities. I went out and bought a dentistry sonicare toothbrush on sale and tried it out. I have to admit that it was a little bit hard for me to get used to it at first. Electric toothbrushes work by spinning around rapidly – a very different feel from the back-and-forth of a normal toothbrush. The motions you use while brushing your teeth are different. You still have to be careful to get every surface, but you can do it with gentle circular motions instead of a vigorous brushing as dentists recommended in the past. Since brushing your teeth is something that most people do automatically without really thinking about it, it is strange to use a device that changes the whole process.
Still, once I got used to the electric toothbrush I really appreciated it and my dental hygienist could tell the difference. First of all, it was really good for my wrist. Although you still have to manipulate electric toothbrushes, you aren’t responsible for creating the force that brushes your teeth. The only thing you do by moving the toothbrush around is to remain in contact with different areas of your mouth. The motor inside does all the really hard work. Although this may not seem like a big deal to most people, if you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome it can really make a difference. Besides that, it seems to get my teeth at least as clean as my other toothbrush did.