While it may seem like a pretty recent development, the first electric toothbrush was actually invented in Switzerland in 1954. In the years since, electric toothbrushes have received just about every conceivable stamp of approval from the dental health industry and dentists alike. Almost any dental office you visit, including this Overland Park dentist, will recommend that you buy and use an electric toothbrush for your oral health care needs.
That doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a good idea to keep some manual toothbrushes around your house. Think about your toolbox. Chances are you’ve got more than one kind of screwdriver in there, right? This is kind of like that. You need the right tool for the job, especially when that job is keeping your teeth and gums healthy! Plus, it can sometimes be easier to take a manual toothbrush with you when you travel, and it’s better to have just about any toothbrush with you than none at all. (So long as the toothbrush is yours, of course, and is kept clean and in good shape.)
But when you have the option, electric toothbrushes are often much better at taking care of your oral health than a regular toothbrush. There are lots of reasons why, but one of the big ones is that some of the most popular electric toothbrushes can boast forty or fifty thousand movements per minute. What does that mean for your teeth and gums? A lot less plaque. In fact, those electric toothbrushes may remove up to 300% more plaque along the gumline than a traditional toothbrush!
Your average manual toothbrush hasn’t changed a whole lot in the last hundred years, but electric toothbrushes have. They do all the heavy lifting for you, and require a lot less pressure to clean your teeth, which reduces the likelihood of causing abrasions to your gums and teeth. Plus, electric toothbrushes include built-in timers to help you remember to brush for the recommended period of time. (According to survey data, most Americans don’t brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes every time they brush.)
Those are just a few of the reasons why an electric toothbrush makes a great addition to your oral care toolkit. Not sure what electric toothbrush is right for you? Two of the most recommended electric toothbrushes on the market are the Oral-B by Proctor & Gamble and the Sonicare by Philips. But if you have particular concerns or questions, your Overland Park family dentist will be happy to help recommend an electric toothbrush that’s perfect for your dental needs! At Watts Family Dental, we’re always here to answer your questions about the best oral care practices and products for you and your family, so give us a call at (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment or chat with a member of our friendly staff!