It’s no secret that oral health is important. In fact, your oral health can say a lot about your overall health. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re taking the best care of your teeth and gums possible. Electric toothbrushes have become more popular in recent years as people have become more interested in oral health. But are they really worth the investment? Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of using an electric toothbrush.
There are a number of pros to using an electric toothbrush. Some of the top benefits include:
- An electric toothbrush can help you have better oral health. This is because it cleans your teeth more thoroughly than a manual brush can.
- It can help you reduce plaque build-up. Plaque is a sticky film that can form on your teeth and gums, and lead to cavities and gum disease if not removed.
- It can help you reduce your risk of cavities. Cavities are caused by plaque build, and can be painful and expensive to treat.
- It is more convenient than a manual toothbrush. It doesn’t require any manual labor – all you have to do is turn it on!
- It is more efficient than a manual toothbrush. It can cover more surface area in less time, meaning your teeth will be cleaner overall.
There are also a number of cons to using an electric toothbrush. Some of the top reasons why people might choose not to use an electric toothbrush include:
- An electric toothbrush can be more expensive than a manual toothbrush.
- It requires batteries or to be plugged in to work, which can be inconvenient.
- Some people find that the pulsing and vibrating of an electric toothbrush makes brushing more difficult and uncomfortable.
- It can be difficult to clean properly, which can lead to bacteria build-up over time.
- Electric toothbrushes can contribute to gum recession if used incorrectly or if you are prone to gum recession.
Tips to Using an Electric Toothbrush
Here are our tips to effectively using an electric toothbrush:
- Make sure to replace the brush head regularly. This is important for two reasons: it helps keep your teeth clean, and it prevents bacteria from building up on the brush head.
- Be sure to wet your teeth and gums before using the toothbrush. This will help the bristles glide over your teeth and gums more easily.
- Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth and gums, and use gentle circular motions to brush.
- Brush for two minutes, twice a day.
Everyone’s oral health is unique, so make sure to consult your dentist about your oral health habits. If you have receding gums or sensitive teeth, your dentist might not recommend an electric toothbrush. Dr. Earwood is happy to give you advice on how to best care for your teeth! Contact us today.