Overall, dental science is divided as to whether an electric toothbrush will inherently lead to better oral health for people who use it, but for some people it’s definitely the right choice. Are you someone who will benefit from using an electric toothbrush? Here are some signs that you might benefit from using an electric toothbrush.
Do Your Teeth Feel Fuzzy after Brushing?
Ideally, your teeth should feel smooth and clean after brushing. If you run your tongue over your teeth and feel a fuzzy surface after brushing, you might benefit from switching to an electric toothbrush.
Of course, you might just need to change your brushing habits, but an electric toothbrush helps improve your oral hygiene in three important ways:
- Can deliver good brushing force at all points in your mouth. If you have an awkward time getting some parts of your mouth clean because of your handedness or the strength of your hands, an electric toothbrush can help.
- Uses the recommended rotary motion. We’ve all been told that it’s best not to just go back and forth on our teeth, but for many of us that’s just the most natural and easiest motion. Small circles are harder to accomplish.
- Many have timers that ensure you spend enough time brushing your teeth. It’s easy to spend too little time brushing your teeth. Whether you’re rushing off to work or you’re just eager to hit the sack, it’s hard to spend at least the recommended two minutes brushing our teeth.
For some people, these changes are easier to accomplish by simply switching to an electric toothbrush.
Do You Have Cavities at Every Dental Visit?
Another sign that you might benefit from changing to an electric toothbrush is that you regularly have cavities and need reconstructive dentistry at nearly every dental visit. This is a sign you’re just not getting plaque removed from your teeth well enough, although other changes, like cutting down on sugary sodas and rinsing your mouth with water after every meal, may also help.
Do Your Cleanings Take Forever?
Another way to gauge how well you’re cleaning your teeth is how long your regular cleanings take. One of the longest steps in your regular hygiene visit is removing the hardened plaque, called tartar or dental calculus, from your teeth. This is not only unsightly, it can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
Periodontal Disease and Tooth Brushing
Poor oral hygiene is a contributing risk for gum disease, although there is also evidence that genetic factors may also play a large role. If you’re battling gum disease, it’s important that you consider oral hygiene changes, such as brushing your teeth more regularly, using a mouth rinse, or switching to an electric toothbrush.
During your next appointment, we will talk to you about which oral hygiene changes might benefit you and give you the best strategy for ensuring a lifetime of oral health. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. James B. Polley in Summerlin today to learn more.