Technology is more a part of our everyday lives than at any other time in human history. Yet, while it has extended our reach in some ways, technology primarily improves our daily routine more than revolutionizing it. The same can be said for dental technology. For example, while dentures have improved in terms of materials, fit, and function, the concept behind them has not changed for hundreds of years.
In Vallejo, CA, electric toothbrushes are another dental technology intended to make our daily lives easier. Available in several types, from rotary cleaning heads to sonic and ultrasonic vibrations, powered toothbrushes run on batteries and advertise superior cleaning. But is it worth it? That depends on your situation.
Remember the Importance of Brushing and Flossing Daily
Your dentist at the office of Morgan Nordstrom, DDS, wants you to know that your daily routine is first and foremost when it comes to your oral health. In other words, what matters most is that your brush twice a day for the full two minutes, flossing at least one of those times. How you brush takes a backseat to your general faithfulness to daily oral hygiene coupled with your six-month visits to Dr. Nordstrom for cleanings and exams.
Advantages of Using an Electric Toothbrush
Powered toothbrushes have advantages over manual toothbrushes because they make brushing easier than better. For example, if you suffer from weakness in your arms, thorough manual brushing may be a challenge. With a powered version, you do much less work.
Other advantages include:
- Built-in timer to help you brush for the full two minutes without trying to sing Happy Birthday with a mouthful of toothpaste
- Pressure sensors in some models allow you to avoid overbrushing and even offer modes for sensitive gums and teeth.
- A larger handle is also typical on powered brushes, making holding and handling it more comfortable.
- Some models even offer a smartphone app to help you track your brushing progress and suggest helpful hints to improve your smile’s health.
Maintain Your Toothbrush Regardless of Type
Whether you choose a powered brush or are perfectly happy with your manual brush, one thing to remember is that neither cleaning head lasts forever. If you use a manual brush, we recommend replacing it every three months to keep the bristles working most effectively. With an electric toothbrush, you also should replace the cleaning head between three and six months, depending on the model. After that, you may see when the bristles have worn out.
Electric and Powered Toothbrushes in Vallejo, CA
Your choice of toothbrush should work with your situation, but regardless of type, remember to brush and floss faithfully, and you’ll be on your way to good oral health. And to reach your destination, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Nordstrom’s caring team to learn more about maintaining a bright and healthy smile.