If you want to give your oral hygiene routine a boost, consider using an electronic toothbrush. This tool can go along way against battling the bacteria-filled plaque that contributes to oral diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease that can create the need for you to spend extra time with your dentist.
Electronic toothbrushes pulse along your gumline to help disrupt the accumulation of plaque, and research has shown that electronic toothbrushes are actually more effective than manual ones at removing plaque. There are many features available on electronic toothbrushes, and your dentist can make a recommendation about which model will best meet your needs.
In addition to being more effective at reducing plaque buildup, electronic toothbrushes typically have an internal timer that takes the guesswork out of how long you need to brush your teeth. Many people underestimate the recommended two-minute timespan when using a manual toothbrush, which can leave some plaque behind.
While the electronic toothbrush does make the job of brushing your teeth a little easier, you still need to make a commitment to using the toothbrush twice a day with proper technique. If you’re not brushing along the gum line with the brush held at a 45-degree angle, your efforts to minimize plaque will still fall short. Check in with one of our knowledgeable staff members if you need a refresher on proper brushing technique.
You also need to be more careful when handling an electronic toothbrush, as dropping it can do a lot more damage than dropping a manual toothbrush.
If you do choose an electronic toothbrush, be sure that you’re maintaining it properly. The bristles on the head of an electronic toothbrush deteriorate over time just as a manual toothbrush does. So, you should switch out to a new head of the toothbrush every six months or so, along the same schedule that you would change to a new manual brush.
If you want to add another weapon in your battle against plaque, consider an electronic toothbrush, especially if you tend to develop plaque buildup rather quickly. Call our office to schedule an appointment and come visit our professional and caring team at Dental Depot!