The debate between using an electric toothbrush and a manual toothbrush is one that our patients ask us about all the time. Oftentimes, our patients will ask if an electric toothbrush is necessary and worth the investment for their oral hygiene. While an electric toothbrush is not a necessity to good oral hygiene, an electric toothbrush will certainly help.
Chances are, you are not brushing in the correct manner or for two minutes every time you brush. Quite frankly, it is rare that anyone is perfect with their oral hygiene care. For this reason, it can be extremely beneficial to use an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can help to make up for some deficiencies that you may have in your oral hygiene care. By using an electric toothbrush, you will maximize how much plaque and bacteria you are removing every time you brush. However, even if you are using an electric toothbrush, you still need to use proper brushing technique and brush for two minutes at a time.
While everyone can benefit from an electric toothbrush, there are certain groups of people who absolutely should use an electric toothbrush. Dr. Sulken lists these people below:
While it is rare for adults to brush properly, it is even rarer for children to brush in the proper manner. By getting your child an electric toothbrush to use, they will be able to take better care of their teeth. In addition to taking better care of their teeth, they may also start brushing longer as brushing will not be as boring as it was with a manual brush.
People with certain health issues
If you suffer from a health issue that prevents you from brushing in the proper manner, you should consider getting an electric toothbrush. People with the following diseases should consider an electric toothbrush: arthritis, gum disease, people with coordination issues, and more.
People with braces
Braces add many areas throughout your mouth where farms, bacteria, and plaque can harbor. For orthodontic patients, using an electric toothbrush will help to clean these troublesome areas and rid your mouth of more germs, bacteria, and plaque.
Concerned about your oral hygiene?
While taking care of your teeth at home is important, it is also important to schedule routine teeth cleanings at your dentist’s office. If you are an existing patient, or you are in need of a new dentist in the Fostoria area, we welcome you to schedule an appointment.