Keeping plaque at bay is a primary factor in maintaining a healthy smile. If you’re brushing twice a day with a standard toothbrush, you may find that you still accumulate plaque and tartar, which is a calcified substance that requires teeth cleaning to removed. Changing to an electronic toothbrush can give your oral hygiene routine a boost and improve your ability to minimize plaque buildup.
An electronic toothbrush has rotation in addition to the back-and-forth motion typically used with a manual toothbrush. Therefore, an electronic toothbrush is more effective in removing plaque. Some models vibrate even faster, which may help them erase even more plaque from your smile.
Additionally, electronic toothbrushes typically feature built-in timers that shut the brush off after two minutes, which is the recommended brushing time. Manual toothbrush users often fall short on that standard.
Even if you do upgrade to an electronic toothbrush, you will still need to get a professional teeth cleaning every six months when you see your dentist. A dental hygienist will have better access to certain parts of your smile that it’s hard for you to reach and brush thoroughly, and plaque and tartar may collect in those spaces even when you do brush twice a day. Between the electronic toothbrush and semi-annual cleanings, you’ll be making your best effort to minimize plaque and tartar.
Plus, you also benefit from the dentist examining your teeth twice a year to keep tabs on the development of cavities and/or gum disease. When your dentist diagnoses an issue in an early stage, it’s easier and less expensive to have them treated and corrected. If you let more months pass between routine check-ups, you may find yourself needing to have a large cavity restored or advanced gum disease treated.
Ready to make the switch to an electronic toothbrush? Our knowledgeable team of professionals is happy to answer any questions you might have about your options and make recommendations of particular models.
Call our office to speak to a member of our staff, or ask about this at your next dental checkup and cleaning.