Toothbrushes have come on leaps and bounds over the last decade or two. Owning an electric toothbrush used to be something in and of itself – nowadays, electric toothbrushes are available with a wide array of features. Of these, an inbuilt timer is one of the most common. All will vibrate after two minutes are up, and most will also vibrate every 30 seconds to tell you when it’s time to move on to another section of your mouth.
Here are just three reasons you should look at picking up a toothbrush with an inbuilt timer.
- Prevents Overbrushing
Overbrushing is a serious issue that not enough people know about. You only need to exert a small amount of pressure on your toothbrush to remove plaque and bacteria. When you push down too hard, you’re actually at risk of stripping away tooth enamel. Once that enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. An inbuilt sensor won’t stop you going too hard, but it will prevent you brushing one section longer than necessary.
- Prevents Under Brushing
Under brushing is just as bad as overbrushing, but in a different way. When your dentist says you haven’t been brushing enough, they mean you haven’t spent enough time with your toothbrush. This can be relatively easy to do since brushing your teeth probably isn’t the most exciting thing happening in your life. It can be tempting to give them a quick once over and assume that’s good enough. With a timer keeping pace, it won’t be as easy to give up after 30 seconds.
- Keeps to a Plan
It’s much easier to brush teeth at the front of your mouth. Unfortunately, this often means the wisdom teeth and rear molars are neglected. With the timer buzzing every 30 seconds, you’ll be able to work around your whole mouth instead of spending most of your time brushing one area. This also helps if you’re the type of brusher who tends to forget which sections they’ve already dealt with.