Making the Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
Remember when you switched from using a desktop computer to a laptop? Or from a digital camera to your phone’s camera? You probably did so because it was cost effective and loads more practical. At Lifetime Family Dental we have another suggestion for a practical change that is healthier for your teeth: making the switch from a traditional toothbrush to an electric toothbrush. Here are 4 reasons why it’s a great idea:
- Your teeth get cleaner. There is no doubt that an electric toothbrush cleans your teeth more effectively and efficiently. Patients who use an electric brush will have far less plaque and tartar buildup on teeth, tongue, and gums than those who brush manually.
- It’s gentler on your gums. When brushing manually, it can be tricky to get the proper angle and force that will gently clean your teeth around your gum line. There’s an even greater concern when a receding gum line or gum disease are involved. With an electric toothbrush, you simply hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line and slowly work the different areas of your mouth. And there’s no need to move your brush in circles.
- Better all-over coverage. Certain spots in the back of your mouth and along the front ridge can be hard to properly clean. With a handheld toothbrush it can be a challenge to set your brush at the proper angle for optimum brushing. But with an electric toothbrush, the head pivots to adjust to the angle of your teeth and easily cleans those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. You simply place the brush on the area that needs to be cleaned, and the brush does the rest.
- It’s timed, so you don’t have to think about it. Unless you are accustomed to setting a timer when you brush manually, you’re probably cutting your brushing time short of the recommended two minutes. Most electric toothbrushes are preprogrammed to run for two minutes, taking any guesswork out of the equation. And, you can easily multi-task while the brush does all the work!
In most scenarios, an electric toothbrush is going to keep your teeth and mouth cleaner between your regularly scheduled dental cleanings at Lifetime Family Dental. If you have any questions about sensitivities, or wonder whether an electric toothbrush would be right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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