With a growth in popularity, electric toothbrushes are becoming popular dental tools among people of all ages. If you’re thinking about switching from a manual brush to an electric one, we have all the info you need to know about them.
Studies have shown that using an electric toothbrush is actually more effective than its manual counterpart, mainly because it does the work for you. They easily remove plaque and clean and massage gums to prevent gingivitis. Another bonus? They’re great for kids, because they’re more fun to use so children won’t fight when it’s teeth brushing time.
Since most people don’t brush their teeth for the full recommended two minutes, this is where electric toothbrushes also come in handy. Many of them are equipped with timers that either let you know when two minutes are up, or they shut off completely. This way you never have to wonder if you’re brushing your teeth long enough.
Among all the positives there can be some drawbacks to switching to electric toothbrushes. One is the cost – electric versions of the usual plastic manual brush do not come cheap. While they do last a very long time, the heads also need to be replaced regularly – much like a regular toothbrush – so they aren’t ideal for families looking to stay within a low budget. But if the knowledge that you’re getting a better clean is important, it may be worth it.
Before choosing an electric toothbrush, it’s important to know how to take proper care of it so it will last you a long time. Pay close attention to the bristles, and replace the toothbrush head when they start to fray, or every 3-4 months. After brushing, rinse the bristles and put the electric toothbrush in an upright position so they can air dry.
If you’re considering switching from manual electric, but aren’t sure if it’s the best choice for you, we’re here to help. When you come in to Southeast Dental in Markham for your next cleaning, we can discuss which type of toothbrush would keep your smile at its healthiest.