Many Americans continue to experience the aftermath of the recession and nearly everyone is attempting to save money any way they can. Double checking receipts, clipping coupons and opting for generic products can help keep a few extra dollars in one’s budget.
But, are oral healthcare necessities something you should skimp on?
Next time you’re strolling through the dental care aisle at the grocery story or pharmacy, consider getting an electric toothbrush to improve your oral health. Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than manual designs, but many dentistsbelieve that they are well worth the investment.
A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association noted the superiority of electric toothbrushes over non-electric. Dentists found that the use of these devices resulted in improved plaque removal and gum health in more than 80 percent of study participants.
A survey conducted after the experiment found that nearly 90 percent of respondents said that they planned to continue using electric toothbrushes. Moreover, 70 percent of dentists answered that they believed mechanical brushes were the most effective tools for oral health maintenance and would recommend them to their patients.
Kids who do not thoroughly clean their teeth are extremely susceptible to cavities, but maneuvering a manual toothbrush properly can be difficult at a young age. Electric toothbrushes do much of the work and can clean away sugar and food debris that a child may miss. Senior citizens who have trouble moving their wrists and hands will also appreciate the wider handles of motorized brushes, which allow for easy operation.
In theory, spending a few extra dollars on electric toothbrushes could save you hundreds in dental procedures, such as fillings for cavities and extractions of decayed teeth.
The next time you need to replace your toothbrush, which the American Dental Association recommends doing every three months, consider the variety of available electric options and choose one that fits your needs and budget.