You’ve probably seen those commercials about fancy electric toothbrushes that can rapidly remove plaque from teeth. So are they actually better than manual toothbrushes?
What Is an Electric Toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes are rechargeable toothbrushes that essentially do the brushing for you. They’re similar to the tools your dental hygienist uses to clean and polish your teeth and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and functionalities to accommodate your individual needs. They have timers that let you know how long to brush for, and some coach you in applying the perfect amount of pressure on your teeth and gums so you don’t damage them! Dentists highly recommend electric toothbrushes because they provide a powerful and effective deep clean, and are a neat way to jazz up your oral hygiene routine if it’s been feeling too mundane.
Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush
When it comes to brushing your teeth with a manual toothbrush, it’s all about technique. Every time you brush, ask yourself: “Am I brushing my teeth using gentle, tiny circles for two whole minutes each and every time? Do I sometimes brush too hard on my gums, causing bleeding and sensitivity?” Using an electric toothbrush will ensure that you are actually brushing the way Dr. Walkington instructs you to do without having to stress out about eroding your tooth’s enamel or irritating your gums. Electric toothbrushes are especially great for those with braces because it efficiently removes plaque from tight spaces. Elderly or disabled patients that have issues gripping a manual toothbrush will also find electric toothbrushes easier to maneuver.
Things to Keep in Mind
The main downside to an electric toothbrush versus a manual one is cost. Electric toothbrushes can be very expensive but are a worthwhile investment if they help you avoid expensive future dental procedures to treat oral disease. And besides, there are many affordable options available today! However, depending on the type that you get, an electric toothbrush may be more cumbersome to travel with since you have to bring your charger with you every time you’re on the go. If you travel frequently, it may be best to have a backup manual toothbrush that you like to take with you on trips.
Consult with Our Friendly Team!
Thinking about switching to an electric toothbrush but don’t know what brands and features are best? Our team at Wildflower Family Dentistry can help you determine which kind of electric toothbrush is the best option for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!
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