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3 Key Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

March 15, 2024
3 Key Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

While a manual toothbrush provides many essential health benefits, an electric toothbrush can significantly improve gingivitis and plaque removal. Many patients use manual toothbrushes because they have always done so, but upgrading to a powered toothbrush can considerably improve oral health and hygiene.

Manual Vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Manual Toothbrushes

  • Remove plaque and debris from tooth surfaces
  • Somewhat ineffective at removing debris and plaque between the teeth and below the gum line
  • Inexpensive
  • Require no batteries or electric plugs

Electric Toothbrushes

  • Remove more plaque and food debris
  • Excellent at removing embedded plaque and food from hidden areas
  • Surprisingly affordable, especially battery-operated models
  • Rechargeable toothbrushes with replaceable heads may cost less in the long run and are more environmentally friendly.

Steps For Proper Tooth Brushing Technique

1. Brush With Approved Fluoride Toothpaste

When possible, use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste. Patients of all ages, starting when the first tooth erupts, need to use fluoride toothpaste. If your dentist prescribes a different toothpaste, use what they provide.

2. Use a Brush in Good Condition

Replacing your toothbrush at least every three months is an essential step. When toothbrushes become worn and frayed, they perform less effectively and cannot remove plaque and food debris.

3. Brush for At Least Two Minutes

Many patients skimp on the length of brushing sessions, primarily when using an electric toothbrush. Even while using an electric brush, continuing for two minutes has multiple health benefits. A toothbrush timer may benefit younger children. Teens and adults can set a smartphone alarm.

The Importance of Home Oral Care

If you neglect home care, professional cleanings will be less effective. An electric toothbrush will improve cleaning power and boost your gum health. This simple dental appliance helps you reap the benefits of improved home care and enjoy better outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Oral Care

Is flossing as crucial as brushing?

Flossing your teeth is equally important. Floss removes the plaque and food particles that brushing cannot reach. The more you floss, the better gum health you will enjoy, and the less calculus or tartar you will accumulate. Calculus, a product of bacteria and food particles, causes gum disease.

Why is an electric toothbrush better?

An electric toothbrush's spinning or vibrating motion removes plaque and food while stimulating the gums. Some toothbrush heads can reach between the teeth and provide some, but not all, of the benefits of flossing. Having a powered toothbrush will improve your oral health.

Call College Street Smiles

If you want to learn more about how a powered toothbrush can help you achieve better oral health, please call our Dickson, TN, office at 615-446-7878 for further information. We look forward to hearing from you.

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