When it comes to brushing your teeth, you have two choices: using an electric toothbrush or using a manual one. Different types of manual toothbrushes have been around for centuries. Luckily, manual toothbrushes have gone through huge improvements over the years, and they are widely used throughout the world. Dentists give toothbrushes away at every dental visit for a reason – they are necessary tools for cleaning the teeth. But what about electric toothbrushes?
Using an electric toothbrush can benefit your smile and help you maintain optimal oral health. An electric toothbrush works by using vibrations to remove plaque from the teeth. Plaque is an incredibly sticky substance that is not as easy to remove as people want to think that it is. Most people can still scrape plaque off of their teeth after brushing with a manual toothbrush for two minutes. Electric toothbrushes are considered to be the ideal option in removing plaque from the teeth and keeping your oral health at its optimal level. When used correctly, an electric toothbrush can remove more than twice the amount of plaque from the teeth and gum line.
The cost of an electric toothbrush is often the biggest reason people do not choose to use one. While the price point may seem high, if you compare the money that you could be saving by avoiding costly dental procedures, it really is worth it.
Dental patients who are going through orthodontic treatment should truly consider purchasing an electric toothbrush. Cleaning around brackets, wires, and hardware is extremely difficult. Food particles and plaque are notorious for getting trapped in the mouth for those wearing braces. Many orthodontists and dentists sell electric toothbrushes in their offices because they know how much better they clean the teeth compared to a manual toothbrush. Most electric toothbrushes come with different settings, which is ideal for those undergoing orthodontic treatment. Having a “sensitive” setting to use for a few days after having braces tightened or adjusted can be a huge help. The “sensitive” setting will still provide excellent cleaning, but it will use less force to compensate for tender gums and teeth following an orthodontic appointment.
If you are interested in an electric toothbrush, Precision Digital Dentistry will be happy to recommend one for you. We encourage all of our patients to take any step they can to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.