Just like an artist needs the best brushes and paints to create a masterpiece, you, too, need the right equipment to maintain a clean, healthy, beautiful smile for life. One of the most common questions when it comes to dental tools is whether or not it’s necessary to invest in an electric toothbrush. If you, too, have wondered if it’s time to “go electric,” keep reading — your dentist in Columbus says probably so.
Numerous Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes
You don’t have to invest in an electric toothbrush to prevent cavities and gum disease. In theory, a manual toothbrush that is properly used can do a sufficient job removing plaque and preventing tartar buildup. But the thing is, using an electric toothbrush just makes your job a lot easier.
Electric toothbrushes come with an automatic timer, which helps to ensure that you are brushing your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes every single time you brush. They also pulse or spin on their own, which means you don’t have to worry about nailing the right technique. That reduces the risk of the aggressive toothbrushing that leads to injured and receding gums.
When you buy an electric toothbrush, you’ll notice that they come at a range of prices to accommodate any budget. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a good toothbrush, but do make sure your choice has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). This indicates it has been tested and proven to do a good job removing plaque and fighting cavities and gum disease.
Making a Manual Brush Work for You
Electric toothbrushes offer a number of benefits — but many people still prefer to use a manual brush. That’s OK, too! Just make sure you are using the right technique to get a full clean.
Some tips for proper use of a manual toothbrush include:
- Brush for two minutes, twice a day. Set a timer to ensure you are reaching the 2 minute mark each time.
- Clean each quadrant of your teeth for 30 seconds each.
- Brush over all the surfaces of your teeth, including the chewing surfaces of the molars and back the sides of all teeth.
- Brush in gentle, circular motions rather than hard back and forth strokes, which can injure the gums.
- Brush your tongue, too.
Brushing: One Piece of the Puzzle
Whether you choose an electric or a manual toothbrush, remember that this step is just one aspect of good oral hygiene. Don’t forget to floss daily and visit your dentist every six months (or more, if recommended). Follow these steps and feel confident knowing you’re doing your part to enjoy a clean, healthy smile for life!
About the Authors
Dr. Eric Buck and Dr. Hannah Burton are trusted general dentists for Columbus friends and families of all ages. To learn more about their comprehensive dental services or to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact Creative Smiles at 614-459-7766.