Brushing twice a day is important to keeping your smile healthy, but WHAT can switching from a manual to an electric toothbrush do for your oral health routine?
Electric Toothbrushes Provide Many Benefits
While a manual toothbrush can get the job done if used properly, an electric toothbrush provides benefits that go beyond simply scrubbing your teeth.
They clean teeth more thoroughly. When we brush by hand, we average about 300 strokes per minute. Electric toothbrushes can average thousands or even tens of thousands of strokes per minute depending on what technology they employ.
They’re easier for those with dexterity issues. Certain conditions–such as arthritis, limited mobility, or involuntary tremors–can make brushing with a manual toothbrush difficult. The larger handles of electric toothbrushes can be easier to hold, while the powered toothbrush head does all the cleaning for you.
They help ensure you’re brushing properly. Many electric toothbrushes feature built-in timers and pressure sensors. These features help ensure you’re not too brushing too hard and that you brush for a full two minutes.
They clean hard to reach spots around braces. Some electric toothbrushes even have special attachments made specifically for cleaning around brackets and orthodontic appliances.
Why We Recommend an Electric Toothbrush to Our Patients
Dr. Nemeth recommends an electric toothbrush to our patients because, like mentioned above, it does a more thorough job of cleaning every area in your mouth. It will improve your oral health and contribute to better biannual check-ups at your regular dental visits. Brushing with an electric toothbrush will help to reduce the risk of gum disease and bacteria colonies in your mouth. Although, an electric toothbrush is great cleaning tool, there may be concerns that arise when dealing with gum recession. One draw-back to using an electric toothbrush is that you cannot control the pressure that is applied on your gums. When gums have withstood repeated irritation or trauma they tend to recede. Once recession is present in the mouth it is almost impossible to have that tissue regrowth without the intervention of periodontal surgery. Prevention is crucial when talking about gum recession. The newest technique that Dr. Nemeth applies in our office is the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique. He is the first periodontist and dentist in the State of Michigan to have been trained and certified in the Pinhole procedure.
In order to help prevent gum recession there is a certain brushing technique that Dr. Nemeth teaches to all of his patients that have had the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation procedure.
Check out the video below to see how to properly brush your teeth.
Dr. Nemeth demonstrates how to properly brush your teeth while avoiding gum recession.
We Love Brightening Our Patients Smiles!
Electric toothbrushes aren’t just fancy gadgets—they can provide a host of significant benefits for your oral health. If you have questions about how an electric toothbrush can improve your brushing routine, call (248) 357-3100 and make an appointment today! We love helping our patients achieve happy, healthy smiles.
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