Teeth cleaning devices have been around for thousands of years, however, the manual toothbrushes that are used today weren’t invented until 1938. Electric toothbrushes first hit the American market in the 1960s and have been gaining in popularity ever since. However, despite the trend to go electric when it comes to keeping teeth clean, for some people, this type of toothbrush might not really be necessary.
It’s All About Technique
For those who don’t use the proper technique when brushing their teeth, dental hygienists and dentists often recommend using an electric toothbrush. However, for those who know how to correctly brush their teeth, a manual toothbrush works just as well. This is especially true if besides using the proper technique, they are brushing their teeth at least twice a day, and for two minutes each time.
Proper tooth brushing techniques include holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Using short strokes in an up-and-down motion on both the top and bottom teeth is the best way to clean them. Another common method is to use circular motions while brushing from the bottom of each tooth up to the gum line. For those who don’t know the proper technique, it’s a good idea to ask a family dentist during the next checkup.
When to Go Electric
There are some people who might not be able to brush their teeth correctly. These people might have arthritis, or another condition that prevents them from holding their toothbrush at a correct angle. When the teeth can’t be brushed using the correct technique, an electric toothbrush might make the task easier.
Other people who should think about using an electric toothbrush are those who have a tendency to brush their teeth too hard, and those who are at a higher risk of getting periodontal disease.
Kids might also benefit from using an electric toothbrush. This is especially true if they don’t have the fine motor skills necessary to brush their teeth correctly, or they need motivation to brush their teeth twice a day. Some electric toothbrushes light up and play music, which can make it fun for kids to brush their teeth.
Other Ways To Improve Oral Health
No matter what type of toothbrush gets used, one easy way to improve oral health is to replace the toothbrush or the brush head at least every three months. It should also be replaced after being sick. Another important aspect of dental hygiene is flossing, which is the most effective way to clean in between the teeth. Flossing also helps to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and even bad breath.
Regular dental checkups are also essential, as the earlier a problem is caught, the easier it is to treat. Early detection and treatment can also be much less expensive. For example, getting a cavity filled is much less expensive than having a root canal. For optimum oral health, dental cleanings should be done at least once a year.