Have you ever wondered what the real difference between brushing your teeth with a traditional toothbrush versus an electric toothbrush is? Dr. Smith and her experienced oral hygiene team are here to help answer your dental questions!
What are the benefits of a power or electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush?
- The way they clean – Power brushes utilize oscillating-rotating or sonic technology which is proven to clean better
- They promote healing – Power brushes massage tissue better to increase overall gum health
- They clean more effectively – Studies show power brushes remove an average of 25% more bacteria containing plaque than traditional manual toothbrushes
- They ensure appropriate brushing time – Power brushes have built-in timers to help increase brush time and thus get the maximum benefit
- They won’t allow you to hurt your tissue or teeth – Power brushes have built-in pressure sensors to gauge when you are brushing too hard
Why should I use a power toothbrush?
- We recommend power brushes for our patients with signs of gum disease and a tendency toward tooth decay. One out of 3 people have signs of early gum disease or gingivitis; a power brush with a 2 minute timer can reduce gingival inflammation by carefully massaging gingival tissues and reduce the risk of decay by removing 25% more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
- Are you overzealous with your tooth brushing? Many people are heavy-handed when brushing their teeth and cause damage to oral tissues resulting in gum recession and tooth abrasion; a power brush with its built-in pressure sensors minimizes damage to tissue.
- Is it difficult for you to maneuver a traditional toothbrush and floss? People who have dexterity concerns and or have difficulty brushing may find a power brush can increase their ability to clean better with its bigger handle and oscillating-rotating action.
At Dental Health & Wellness Boston, we recommend three types of electric toothbrushes – Oral B Braun, Sonicare, and the Rotodent power brushes. Each has unique advantages and disadvantages, different size brush heads that fit in some mouths better than others, and we choose the one that best suits the individual patient’s needs. Look for an upcoming post from our hygienist Nanette on her particular power brush preference, the Rotodent. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dental Health & Wellness Boston to talk with Nanette or Cillen – our oral hygiene specialists.