The Pros and Cons of Using an Electric Toothbrush
The health of your gums and teeth is of utmost importance. You don’t only want to wear your smile proudly because it looks great, you also want your teeth to be strong and healthy.
The best way that you can manage your oral and teeth health at home is by proper brushing and flossing each day. At a minimum, you should be brushing and flossing your teeth and gums twice a day, every day.
There are so many options for brushing and flossing your teeth. From different types of flosses to varying types of toothpaste, it can be confusing deciding what’s best to use to properly care for your teeth and gums. This is particularly true for toothbrushes. You can choose the firmness of your toothbrush and the pattern of the bristles. What about choosing between a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush? The following information about electric toothbrushes, including the benefits and disadvantages, may help you choose what’s best for you.
The Importance of Proper Teeth Brushing
Brushing your teeth thoroughly each day is vital to protecting the integrity and health of your teeth and gums. Teeth brushing prevents the build-up of plaque and tartar – bacteria from collected saliva, liquids, and food that sits on your teeth and the lining of your gums. Plague and tartar can eat away at the enamel (the surface) of your teeth. By compromising the integrity of your teeth, bacteria can enter your gums and cause further oral issues. Periodontitis, or disease of the gums, is a serious infection.
By brushing your teeth properly, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing serious gum disease, having foul breath, or tooth decay.
How Electric Toothbrushes Work
Electric toothbrushes use power to cause the bristles on the brush to vibrate, move, or oscillate back and forth. The constant, quick movement of the bristles combined with your slight guiding of the toothbrush helps to deeply clean the surface of your teeth. Some electric toothbrushes are battery-operated, such as with AA or AAA batteries. Other electric toothbrushes require you to plug them into a power source to charge the internal battery.
Cleaning – Electric toothbrushes are made to provide a deeper cleaning of the teeth than manual toothbrushes. Many electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth.
Time – Most electric toothbrushes have time sensors built within them to let you know how long you should be brushing your teeth. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth for two minutes. Some electric toothbrushes will vibrate every 30 seconds over the course of two minutes; when it’s time for you to move from one section of your teeth to the next (usually for brushing the left-top, left-bottom, right-top, and right-bottom areas of your teeth). Other electric toothbrushes will simply turn off after two minutes of brushing.
Ease – Because electric toothbrushes produce oscillating movements of the bristles, the toothbrush itself does much of the work when brushing your teeth. This makes it a great option for children and those who have mobility issues to still ensure that they’re thoroughly cleaning their teeth.
The Not So Good
Cost – Good electric toothbrushes can be pretty expensive. While you may find more affordable electric toothbrushes, like most items, you do get what you pay for. Cheaper electric toothbrushes may not offer cleaning as good as what you could get from more expensive models, and they may not be much better than manual toothbrushes. Additionally, the costs of electric toothbrush replacement heads are typically more expensive than simply replacing a manual toothbrush. This is partly because many electric toothbrushes require replacement toothbrush heads that are specifically designed for each model of the toothbrush.
Charging – Electric toothbrushes obviously operate either by battery or power. If you forget to charge your toothbrush and your toothbrush loses its power, you can’t brush your teeth. You can potentially use the toothbrush without power, but often, electric toothbrushes only work effectively when they’re powered.
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Proper teeth brushing can go a long way towards protecting the health of your teeth and gums. Whether you’re using an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush, combined with frequent flossing, you still need routine cleanings and exams to maintain strong, healthy teeth.
At Passes Dental Care, we offer comprehensive dental care to help promote optimal oral health for our patients. All of our patients are treated like family while receiving the personalized care they deserve to treat their dental needs.