Brushing your teeth is CRUCIAL to maintaining your oral health!
The simple act of brushing your teeth is to eradicate the biofilm of bacteria that builds up in your mouth from eating and drinking, that if not removed, turns into plaque. The buildup of plaque can then lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontitis, and in extreme cases, even tooth loss. All of these are scary things that can be so easily prevented.
The best line of defense – brushing your teeth twice a day to remove those foreign particles from your mouth! Which leads us to the debate of which is better for cleaning your mouth, electric or manual toothbrushes?
Over time studies have shown that electric toothbrushes provide more of an edge when cleaning your mouth more efficiently than manual toothbrushes—proven to reduce more plaque and lower the risk of gingivitis.
Electric toothbrushes have other advantages as well, including:
- Built-in Timers
- To help individuals make sure they are brushing the total 2 minutes that is recommended.
- Made with Longer Handles
- Making it more comfortable to grasp and reach the farther areas for those with dexterity issues.
- Targeted Cleaning
- The bristles can sometimes be thinner and pointier clusters that can aid someone with braces or dental restorations.
Whichever kind of toothbrush you pick, make sure that it always has soft bristles to avoid damaging your gums or teeth. Another point of reference to help you with your decision is looking for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance.
If you have questions about the right type of toothbrush for your needs, ask one of our hygienists or dentists at your next visit what their recommendation would be. Everyone is different, and we love advising on the best methods to maintain and improve your oral health.
Schedule your next appointment online or call our office at (561) 495 – 2099.