A couple of years ago a friend of mine suggested I try an electric toothbrush. I was skeptical. I told her, “I can do a better job at brushing my teeth than any electric toothbrush can.” I reasoned that I could brush harder and with more power than some toothbrush with batteries. Well the truth is that it’s not better for your teeth to brush harder. Brushing your teeth too roughly can damage your gums. An electric toothbrush can help you brush more efficiently and thoroughly, and the best part is that it does all the work for you. Your dentist will probably agree, so ask your dentist or hygienist for a recommendation at your next visit.
I talked to my dentist and found out that he recommends the Sonicare electric toothbrush. I did some reading online and found out from www.Sonicare.com that Sonicare is the number one recommended power toothbrush by dental professionals in the U.S. The benefit of using an electric toothbrush is that they are proven to remove more plaque than any old-fashioned manual toothbrush.
A few benefits of the Sonicare electric toothbrush:
• Improved gum health.
• Helps prevent gum recession.
• A built-in timer for two minutes of recommended brushing time.
• Whiter teeth: up to two shades in two weeks by removing stains caused by coffee, tea and red wine.
• Certain brushes in the Sonicare line have multiple brushing modes so you can customize your brushing level. People with especially sensitive teeth will appreciate the extra gentle setting.
The makers of Sonicare had a survey done and found that less than half of people brush their teeth for the dentist-recommended two minutes. I had never timed my brushing before so I grabbed a stopwatch and got to brushing with my manual toothbrush. Thirty seconds. Yep, a whopping 30 seconds. Wow, here I thought I was a very diligent and thorough brusher and I was brushing only a quarter of the recommend amount of time. I challenge you to time yourself tonight and see how long you brush your teeth.
After learning more about electric toothbrushes I’ve realized that it’s sort of like the boxers vs. briefs debate…so I ask you, are you a manual or an electric? I must report that I crossed over to the other side about a year ago and bought myself an electric toothbrush. I have a Sonicare and my teeth feel cleaner than ever. Each time I brush my teeth with my Sonicare I feel like I’ve just had a cleaning by my hygienist. And I use the timer to make sure I’m getting in the full amount of brushing that I need.
One interesting result from the Sonicare survey is that “73% of power toothbrush users feel passionate that their brush gives them superior oral health and would never switch back to a manual.” I definitely wouldn’t switch back to my old manual toothbrush. At your next cleaning appointment, ask your dentist his or her opinion on electric toothbrushes and how they might benefit your oral health.
Bright Side Dental is a dental group with locations in Sterling Heights, Livonia, Canton, and Royal Oak, Michigan. Visit www.BrightSideDental.com.