When it comes to brushing your teeth, a big difference in how well the job gets done is based on not only the brusher but the toothbrush itself. Brushing your teeth should be something incorporated into your everyday routine because it helps remove food and plaque. When plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is not removed, it hardens into tartar making brushing a lot more difficult. The build-up of this tartar can eventually lead to gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease.
Here at Harmony Family Dentistry, we recommend investing in a good electric toothbrush. We suggest finding a powered toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance, showing the toothbrush has been evaluated and approved for safety and efficacy.
Brushing twice a day is highly recommended as well as using floss once a day. An electronic toothbrush can be fun to use for children and some may think it is easier and more comfortable than a manual toothbrush. Those who have arthritis or other conditions that make brushing difficult, may find an electronic toothbrush easier to use. With an electric toothbrush, the brushes bristle movement might help remove more plaque from your teeth and improve your gum health.
What are the Benefits?
With an electric toothbrush, there are different features to help meet your oral hygiene goals. Some features include adjustable power levels, different brushing modes, timers and rechargeable batteries. Some electric toothbrushes come with a pressures sensor which alerts you when you may be brushing too hard. Having a timer can help you keep track of reaching the dentist-recommended 2 minutes. With a variety of brushing modes, you are able to better reach your oral health goals. Some of which may include a deep clean, daily clean, tongue clean, and a mode for sensitive teeth, just to name a few. You can easily replace the head of the brush which is recommended every 3-4 months because the bristles become frayed and cleaning effectiveness will decrease. Depending on the brush and the brusher, an electric toothbrush creates more movement which can help break up then sweep away plaque.
Whether you use a powered toothbrush or a manual, the most important thing is daily brushing and flossing. If you have any questions about which toothbrush to use, please be sure to call the office at 360-882-7866.