Electric toothbrushes are growing in popularity recently, especially among adults, with many new designs and brush options appearing on the market almost monthly. With so many new styles available, many patients have begun to wonder if this is a fad or a movement they should be part of.
Recently, the American Dental Association has stated that manual toothbrushes are just as effective as electric, when used correctly. The key to good oral health lies not in which toothbrush you choose, but how well you use it.
“If you are a wonderful brusher and a wonderful flosser … then the manual toothbrushes are just great.”
-Kimberly Harms, DDS
ADA Consumer Advisor
Although the Canadian Dental Association has also stated that it’s not always the tool itself that you’re using, but instead the way you’re using it, electric toothbrushes still have the advantage of being easier to use properly.
When to Choose Electric
Powered toothbrushes can be a great option for anyone with difficulty moving the brush in the mouth. This includes those with motor disabilities, arthritis, the elderly, and children who have not yet learned how to properly care for their teeth.
In fact, electric toothbrushes may be a good idea for just about every patient as studies have shown that many of us are simply not very good at brushing.
These studies have shown that patients who switch to using a powered toothbrush are likely to see a positive effect in about 80% of cases. Because many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers, it’s easier for patients to ensure they are brushing for the correct amount of time, something many of us fail to do regularly.
If you are concerned that your child or parent is having difficulty brushing their teeth or you just want to get a better handle on your own oral health, switching to a powered brush is a good solution.
Preserving a Healthy Smile
Whether or not you intend to switch to an electric brush, regular brushing and flossing is the most essential step you can take in protecting your healthy smile. Adults should brush at least twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes at a time. Use a soft bristle brush to avoid damaging the enamel of your teeth and brush in small circles. Floss and use a mouth rinse at least once a day to prevent gingivitis and bacteria buildup.
Keep an eye on what you eat and be sure to avoid acidic or sugary snacks as much as possible, and last but not least, visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and to ensure you catch any potential problems as early as possible!
If you have sensitive gums or are unsure of the best practices to properly brush your teeth with an electric brush, contact our office today for more information!