Giving up your traditional way of doing things to embrace new technology can be tough. But, while a traditional toothbrush has done its job well for many years, something new on the market is taking oral health to a whole new level — the electric toothbrush.
Here are 3 key benefits of adding an electric toothbrush to your oral hygiene routine.
1. An Electric Toothbrush Provides Thorough Brushing Habits
Most of us were taught how to brush our teeth as children, developing habits that have been carried throughout life. Often, brushing techniques are never addressed again as they just become second nature.
A traditional toothbrush will let you brush your teeth any way you want to — bad habits and all. An electric toothbrush will not.
To get a thorough cleaning and maintain the best oral health, you have to spend time brushing each area of your mouth. An electric toothbrush will alert you when to move from one area to the next. And with a built-in timer, you will never underbrush your teeth.
What’s more, if you tend to brush aggressively, you are putting your gums at risk. An electric toothbrush monitors this and will adapt so that you can feel an appropriate amount of pressure.
2. An Electric Toothbrush Leaves You With a Better Clean
Clean teeth that are free of plaque and tartar buildup will improve your level of oral health. After all, plaque is the main cause of many oral health issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease, infections, and tooth loss.
With an electric toothbrush, you get a better clean. The oscillation and vibration give you a clean that feels as though you just left the dentist — with the ability to remove all of the unwanted bacteria, plaque, and debris in your mouth. This is something a traditional toothbrush cannot compete with, regardless of how much you brush.
It should be no surprise that those who use an electric toothbrush tend to have healthy gums, less risk of decay, and strong, natural teeth.
3. An Electric Toothbrush Has Settings to Meet Your Needs
A traditional toothbrush may come in various sizes and may have different strengths of bristles, but they are all essentially the same. And none of them adapt to your specific needs when you use it.
Today’s electric toothbrushes have settings for all sorts of things you may need, such as deep cleanings, gum care, tongue cleaning, sensitive teeth, and the like. They will nudge you when it is time to move on to a different area and they just seem to know the intensity at which you like to brush.
All of these things and more are beneficial to meeting your oral health needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any downsides to an electric toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes do make noise and this could be disruptive for some. Talk to your dentist about your options.
Do I still have to floss if I use an electric toothbrush?
Yes! While an electric toothbrush provides you with a better clean, floss reaches places a toothbrush cannot. You should floss at least once each day.
Learn More About Oral Health from Dr. Chui
Dr. Chui and his team at San Francisco Dental Wellness understand the deep connection between oral health and overall wellness. As the clinical director at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, Dr. Chui provides effective treatment to veterans suffering from complex TMJ disorders, offers expertise in dental sleep medicine, and takes advantage of the latest dental technology.
Who better to help you with your oral health and comprehensive dental treatment?