We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, we are now into the post holiday crash (that feeling where you wonder if your head just spun right off your shoulders). It’s all so crazy, then it’s all so silent and we’re right back to everyday life. So on that note, with all the candy and delicious sweet foods that I’m sure many of us have been eating for the last (what feels like months) few weeks, we know you all remembered to brush and floss. Did anyone get a new electric toothbrush for Christmas? We know it was on the top of your Christmas list. An electric toothbrush can be one of the most important tools to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
There was a time when toothbrushes were considered luxury items. According to the ADA, wealthy Europeans in the Middle Ages used twigs made of sweet-smelling wood to clean their teeth. Then, in 1498, the emperor of China developed a device with hog bristles placed in a bone handle. This type of toothbrush became so popular that in Europe even the common folk used it. The price of hog bristles was so steep, however, that a whole family would share the same toothbrush to cut costs.
According to a 2005 independent study, “Brushes that worked with a rotation oscillation action removed more plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes in the short and long-term. An electric toothbrush can be a great alternative to a manual toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to brush well. These days, electronic toothbrushes are designed to accommodate every mouth. At 6,000 to 30,000 strokes per minute, the mechanical brushes appear to provide more power per dollar compared to manual ones.
Always remember that it is important to brush twice a day for two minutes and to floss once each day. Don’t forget to look for the ADA seal of approval. Manufacturers submit their products for safety, reliability and effectiveness testing and receive the seal only if their products meet ADA requirements.
Now if we could only brush off those extra pounds from the holidays, the New Year would be off to a fantastic start!