Are you having trouble with your oral health? If so, you might be considering switching to an electric toothbrush for improved oral hygiene. The best way to decide if this is right for you is to talk to your dentist, but here are some signs that might help you make the right decision.
Do You Have Cavities at Every Dental Visit?
If you find yourself needing white fillings every time you visit the dentist, then you might want to consider changing to an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush may be able to help you remove more plaque from your teeth.
An electric toothbrush can help you improve tooth brushing in three ways:
- Can sometimes give more consistent force in brushing than people can achieve using their hands. It’s especially good for people who have difficulty reaching back teeth well.
- Uses a rotary motion that is preferred for tooth brushing over the back-and-forth motion that many people commonly apply.
- Most have timers that can make sure you’re brushing for long enough. You are supposed to brush for at least two minutes each time you brush, but most people brush for only a small fraction of that.
If you think you might benefit from any of these changes in your brushing habits, then an electric toothbrush may be a good investment.
Do You Regularly Have Large Tartar (Calculus) Deposits?
Another good sign that you might benefit from an electric toothbrush is that you have to spend a long time having hardened deposits scraped off your teeth at each dental visit, then it may a good time to get an electric toothbrush. These hardened deposits start as soft plaque, but if they’re not removed promptly with tooth brushing, they will harden in a process similar to fossilization.
Tartar can contribute to periodontal disease, which can in turn lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal Disease and Tooth Brushing
Poor tooth brushing habits can lead to periodontal disease. However, there is also evidence that periodontal disease may be more closely related to genetic risk factors than oral hygiene habits.
However, if you have periodontal disease and significant amounts of tartar, then it’s likely that your gum disease is related to oral hygiene and maybe correctable with better care.