At this point, most of us are aware that our cell phones, computers, microwaves, wifi routers, and other technologies emit dangerous amounts of EMF radiation. Have you ever stopped and wondered, is my electric toothbrush exposing me to harmful radiation levels?
There have been people who are tracing headaches back to their electric toothbrush. This is a common symptom for those who have EHS. Let’s unpack EHS a bit and then dive into whether electric toothbrushes emit EMFs.
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity or EHS is a medical term used to describe certain health symptoms found in an individual sensitive to magnetic and electric frequencies. These individuals can physically feel the effects of being exposed to too much EMF radiation.
There are many symptoms to keep an eye out for:
- Chronic fatigue
- Eye problems
- Joint pain
- Issues with concentration
- Weakened immune system
- Learning difficulties
As you can see the list of symptoms is long and there are many more not included. These negative reactions to EMF exposure are becoming more and more common with new technologies coming out daily that are increasing our exposure.
Do Electric Toothbrushes Emit Dangerous Levels of EMFs?
The unfortunate answer is yes, electric toothbrushes do emit EMFs. But are these levels high enough to consider dangerous?
When placing an electric toothbrush near an Am radio that is not set to a station the toothbrush interferes with the frequency. This is a sign that the electric toothbrush is emitting powerful EMFs.
The main concern with the fact that an electric toothbrush is producing EMFs is it is being held right up to your head multiple times a day for a few minutes at a time. Although arguably not as strong as a cell phone, holding any EMF emitting device up to your head is dangerous.
We know that the closer in distance we are to products that produce EMFs the more radiation our body is absorbing. When we can add physical distance it is the first and best line of defense.
We can also understand this by looking at the Inverse Square Law of Physics. As we double the distance from a source of radiation, we are quartering our exposure. The more distance we have from EMFs the less exposure we have.
Now obviously it will be impossible to brush your teeth while also getting the distance between you and your electric toothbrush, that just is not an option. So what are the possible solutions for us when it comes to brushing our teeth?
Other Toothbrush Options with Lower EMF Exposure
Quip Electric Toothbrush
This is a good option for someone who is looking to lower their exposure to EMFs but is still after some form of an electric toothbrush. These are battery operated so they are going to emit fewer EMFs.
The Quip is lightweight making them easy to travel with and no need to pack a charger since they are battery operated. They have a modern look with multiple color options.
Similar to your standard electric toothbrush you are able to switch out the head of the brush as needed. Quip will automatically send you a new head every few months, one less thing for you to do!
The Quip has a sensitive sonic vibration so you will be getting the benefits of removing more plack then your standard manual toothbrush. This is by far the most popular battery-operated electric toothbrushes.
Manual Tooth Brushes
There is nothing wrong with switching from an electric toothbrush back to manual. If you have EHS or feel uncomfortable with having EMFs right up to your face multiple times a day this may be the best option for you.
Although electric toothbrushes help to remove plack more efficiently due to the vibration, a manual toothbrush can get the job done and did for many years before the electric toothbrush was invented.
Do you Need to Pick Between Good Oral Health and Less EMF Exposure?
There are many studies that have proven using electric toothbrush is the best option for optimal oral health. However, if you have EHS or are just trying to lower your exposure to EMFs you may feel as though you are left to pick between good oral health and EMF exposure.
There are battery operated electric toothbrushes like the Quip that are good alternatives or there is a good old fashion manual toothbrush.
Your oral health is more than just brushing. Don’t forget about flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
This will ultimately be a decision that you will need to make based off what is most important to you and your health.
Manual toothbrushes work and have worked for many years and there is no EMF exposure.
However, if you have a genetic disposition for cavities or gum disease then the EMF exposure of an electric toothbrush may outway the potential downfall of your oral health.