Dental Resolutions 2018
Resolution #3: Invest in an Electric Toothbrush
Look at your toothbrush. Go on, take a really good look at it. If it resembles a furry animal that got a fright, with bristles sticking out all over the place, it is time for a change.
Lots of our patients don’t realise how a good toothbrush can make a difference to their oral health. All manual toothbrushes have a short shelf life, and really need to be replaced every few months as they begin to wear. Using that old spiky thing that’s lived next to the sink for ages isn’t improving your oral health.
Using a manual brush is better than not brushing at all, of course, and there are some very good brands available in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit. Don’t choose a brush that’s too hard, as you may end up doing more harm than good.
But if you really, really want to prioritise your smile in 2018, you need to get yourself an electric toothbrush.
Benefits of Electric Toothbrush
There are electric toothbrushes on sale everywhere, so now is a great time to grab one. You’ll find brands retailing from €24 to €389, but it doesn’t need to make you tea or whistle showtunes; just have an automated movement that allows thorough cleaning of all your teeth.
Electric toothbrushes oscillate many times per second, far faster than we could attempt with a manual brush. The degree of movement and the varying angles of attack an electric brush allows patients to get their mouth as clean as possible.
This helps reduce cavity risk, is very effective at getting rid of plaque and helps prevent gingivitis. Electric toothbrushes are particularly useful in maintaining gum health, according to our Hygienist Jennifer who says “I can always tell when a patient uses an electric toothbrush; they just give a more comprehensive clean and leave gums in good shape”.
Electric toothbrushes offer advantages. The brush does all the work for you; some have a timer for the full two minutes; others tell you when to move to another section of your mouth. Some have pressure indicators to stop you brushing too hard.
Whichever brand you choose, electric toothbrushes allow ‘brainless brushing’ as all you must do is move it from tooth to tooth. Some penetrate under the gum line to disrupt bacteria or oscillate in a way that removes biofilm, a sticky coating, from the tooth surface.
Teenagers or adults with braces benefit hugely from the thorough cleaning an electric brush provides, as do elderly patients with any dexterity problems. Electric brushes are efficient at stain removal too; good news for smokers and coffee lovers.
Add the reduction of inflammation from sore gums; slowing of gum recession; reduction of hypersensitivity and excellent plaque removal all in a swift two minutes, and the case for an electric toothbrush looks like a no brainer for 2018. Go on – treat your teeth.
Guidance from a Professional
Start the year off right with a visit to our Dental Hygienist, who will show you the best way to brush your teeth; point out the pockets or areas to keep an eye on, and how to incorporate flossing or inter-dental brushes into your routine for healthy, attractive gnashers! Just call to make an appointment on 021 432 0004 or see www.smilestore.ie