Brushing is an integral part of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. From childhood, our parents and dentists instill upon us the importance of regularly brushing to keep plaque, bacteria and diseases at bay. However, in the past few decades, a new technology has become more popular – electric toothbrushes.
Many people ask whether these brushes are better than the traditional toothbrush. It turns out that better technology truly does provide an improved experience when it comes to dental health. According to studies that have been published in leading dental journals, electronic toothbrushes have been shown to be more effective at the prevention of gingivitis and removal of plaque, notes Go Ask Alice, a health questions resource provided by Columbia University.
The American Dental Association also suggests that electronic toothbrushes may be a smarter option for certain users. Children may find using an electric brush is more fun and appealing than a traditional brush, while people with mobility issues or other movement concerns that can make brushing difficult may benefit from using an electric option.
There are two main varieties of electronic toothbrushes available. The first, electric toothbrushes, are generally capable of making 3,000 to 7,500 brushing motions each minute says Go Ask Alice. The second – and newer – option is sonic toothbrushes, which use sound waves to help break up plaque. The brushing equivalent is much higher on these models – as many as 40,000 strokes per minute – making them capable of providing the most thorough clean possible.
Whichever option you choose, the most important part of brushing is ensuring that you do it. Selecting a brush that you’re comfortable with using and keeping to a regular schedule of brushing is the best way to help keep your teeth clean and healthy between visits to your dentist.
For more information on brushing tips or help selecting the best brush for you, talk to your dentist. Call Brockport Dental today at 585-589-0000 or schedule your next appointment online now.