Even as technology makes our lives easier and easier, a lot of things are still best the old fashioned way — like a nice slice of homemade pie, for one. But when it comes to your toothbrush, forgoing tradition and upgrading to an electric toothbrush may be best for your oral health. Most electric toothbrushes have a self-timer to make sure you clean for two minutes, and they also reduce the risk that you’ll injure your sensitive gum tissue while reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease.
Dr. Buck and Dr. Burton recommend an electric toothbrush for patients who can fit them in their oral hygiene budgets. Keep reading to find out why.
What Can Wrong With a Manual Brush
You can still technically get the same clean with an old fashioned toothbrush, but most people don’t. While the recommendation is to brush for two minutes, twice a day, many adults only manage half that.
There’s also your gum tissue to consider. It can feel like you’re getting an extra-thorough clean when you put a little elbow grease into the toothbrush, but cleaning in hard back-and-forth strokes can damage your gums and lead to unsightly recession.
Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are usually more expensive than manual ones, but you don’t have to invest in a top of the line brush to enjoy the benefits they provide. Some of the advantages of going electric include…
- An automatic self-timer to ensure you clean each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds
- Reduced risk of gum recession with a spinning or pulsating head
- Many electric toothbrushes hold their charge for several days or even weeks
- The toothbrush can last for years with replacement heads placed every three or four months
Brushing Well The Old Fashioned Way
If you are brushing your teeth with the proper technique, there is really nothing wrong with a manual brush. People who travel a lot may prefer the convenience of a cheaper and smaller brush. If that’s you, make sure you are practicing excellent brushing habits by…
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day
- Moving in small circular motions rather than forceful strokes
- Cleaning each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds each
- Using a fluoride toothpaste
Setting a timer can help to ensure you reach the full two minute mark every time! And while you’re working on perfecting your toothbrushing technique, don’t forget that combining solid oral hygiene practices at home with routine visits to the dentist is the best way to enjoy lasting smile health. When was your last checkup and cleaning? If it’s been more than six months, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment before 2017 is up — your smile depends on it!
About the Authors
Dr. Eric Buck and Dr. Hannah Burton are the dentists Dublin friends and families turn to for superior general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. To learn more, we invite you to contact Distinctive Smiles at (614) 792-1800.