The next time you need a toothbrush, you may find yourself standing in the oral health care aisle at your neighborhood store staring at all the options. Do you stick to the regular toothbrush that you have been using for years? Or do you try an electronic toothbrush from the ever-growing selection available?
Whether you prefer to stay with what you know or you just aren’t sure what all the hype is about, if you haven’t tried an electronic toothbrush, perhaps now is the time.
Improved Brushing Habits
An electronic toothbrush brushes for you — as long as you get it where it needs to go. And, the good news is that most will direct you by breaking your mouth up into 4 quadrants. The toothbrush will vibrate after brushing each for 30 seconds so you know it is time to move on to the next section, such as upper left, lower left, upper right, and lower right. This ensures that you are thoroughly cleaning every area of your mouth.
There are a few other ways an electronic toothbrush can improve brushing habits, such as:
- Sensors that let you know if you are brushing too hard or aggressively as this could damage the gums and lead to recession.
- Many have built-in timers to let you know when two minutes is up.
- An electronic toothbrush will remind you every 90 days that it is time to change your brush head.
Sure, you could monitor all of these things with a regular toothbrush, but do you? Most people don’t. Having that extra bit of guidance to keep you focused on proper brushing techniques can be great for your oral health.
Better Plaque Removal
Plaque is a sticky bacteria that hangs out on the teeth after eating which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath if left to build up. Everyone typically has plaque to some degree, but brushing properly (along with flossing and routine dental cleanings) can remove much of it.
Many dentists are finding that an electronic toothbrush is much more effective at reducing plaque between dental cleanings than a regular toothbrush. The reason is that it moves in thousands of different ways while trying to reach all crevices around the teeth. This is something that a regular toothbrush cannot compete with.
Better Cleaning Overall
The head of an electronic toothbrush looks a bit different than an ordinary one. This is because they are designed to reach all areas of your mouth effectively and need to be small enough to do so. Face it — there are some areas way back in the depths of your mouth that you know you aren’t getting so clean with your manual brush, despite your efforts. It’s tough.
Unfortunately, the commonly missed areas are the ideal places for bacteria to hide and plot how to wreak havoc on your oral health. An electronic toothbrush can make its way into the nooks and crannies throughout your mouth that haven’t always been reachable. And while there, it can brush away anything that doesn’t belong. Thus, leaving you with a cleaner, healthier mouth.
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An electronic toothbrush may change the way you brush your teeth, but there is no replacement for a routine dental cleaning every 6 months at The Ricco Dental Group.