The Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush and Proper Techniques
When it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene, the choice between a manual and an electric toothbrush can make a significant difference. While manual toothbrushes have been a staple for generations, the benefits of going electric are becoming increasingly clear.
The Benefits of Going Electric
When using a manual toothbrush, we typically manage about three hundred strokes per minute. In contrast, electric toothbrushes are capable of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of strokes in the same timeframe. Their superior effectiveness in reducing plaque buildup and gingivitis make electric toothbrushes significantly more effective at promoting oral health.
Here are some groups that can particularly benefit from using electric toothbrushes:
Individuals with Limited Mobility: Electric toothbrushes require less manual effort and dexterity, making them ideal for those with physical limitations.
Young Children: Children who are still developing their brushing techniques may find electric toothbrushes more engaging, making it easier for parents to instill good oral care habits. Nevertheless, it's important to select the appropriate device based on the child's age.
People with Braces: Electric toothbrushes effectively clean around braces and reach those challenging spots with their smaller brush heads.
Those with Tartar Buildup: If you've been advised by your dentist about excessive tartar, an electric toothbrush can help improve your brushing technique and maintain better oral health.
Using Your Electric Toothbrush Effectively
To maximize the benefits of your electric toothbrush, follow these steps:
Right Amount of Toothpaste: Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and ensure the brush is inside your mouth before turning it on to avoid toothpaste mishaps.
Angle Matters: Hold the brush against your gumline at a 45-degree angle for optimal cleaning.
Gentle Guidance: Instead of pressing hard or scrubbing back and forth, let the brush do the work. Gently guide the brush head along the curve of your teeth and gums. Spend a few seconds on each tooth before moving on.
Cover All Areas: Divide your mouth into four sections - the front, back, chewing surfaces, and behind your back teeth. Ensure thorough cleaning of each area.
Don't Forget Your Gums: Take a few seconds to brush along your gum line and on your gums gently, without applying too much pressure to avoid irritation.
Freshen Your Breath: Finish up by cleaning your tongue and the roof of your mouth, removing any lingering food particles.
Remember, proper brushing is just one part of a comprehensive oral hygiene routine. Don't forget to floss daily and book your regular hygiene visits every 4-6 months. By incorporating these practices, you can enjoy a clean, healthy and nice smile!
Other Devices that can Enhance Your Oral Health
In addition to electric toothbrushes, the dental industry has been developing more modern ways to help patients improve their home care through technological devices such as the Water Pik system. Daily flossing is crucial for maintaining your oral health, and the Water Pik system can reach places in your mouth that regular flossing cannot. We highly recommend the Water Pik system because it is twice as effective as traditional flossing and provides the best results. Ideally, you should floss or use the Water Pik two times a day, before brushing. If you are interested in the Water Pik, it's available for purchase at By The Lake Dental. Feel free to ask our dental team for more information!
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