Introduction to electric toothbrushes

Maybe you’ve never owned an electric toothbrush, or maybe you’ve used one for years, either way it’s important to understand the basics of this popular dental tool. 

Electric toothbrushes take cleaning your smile to the next level with oscillating or vibrating brush heads. From the benefits of using this technology to what you should know before making the switch, here’s the run-down on electric toothbrushes. 

Benefits of electric toothbrushes

If used correctly, electric toothbrushes can have many benefits to your oral health. 

  • Superior plaque removal: The rapid movements of electric toothbrush bristles can dislodge plaque more effectively than manual brushing alone, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums.
  • Ease of use: Electric toothbrushes can be easier to use than manual toothbrushes, so they are great for assisting individuals with limited dexterity or those who struggle with manual brushing techniques.
  • Built-in timers: Many electric toothbrush models feature built-in timers to ensure you brush for the recommended two minutes, promoting thorough cleaning of all tooth surfaces.

Choosing the right brush for you

There are a lot of electric toothbrush options on the supermarket aisles. Depending on your needs, here’s some factors to consider when hunting for the perfect toothbrush.

  • Brushing technology: Opt for electric toothbrushes with oscillating, rotating or sonic technology for optimal plaque removal and gum stimulation.
  • Battery life: If you prefer a rechargeable electric toothbrush, consider the battery life and charging options to ensure uninterrupted use.
  • Brush head compatibility: Ensure the electric toothbrush you choose offers compatible brush heads that suit your specific oral care needs.

Once you make the switch to electric toothbrushes, be sure to stick to healthy dental hygiene habits like brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Also, if it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, give Jackson Dental a call at (573) 243-5200 or visit us at 3100 E on Jackson Blvd to set up an appointment.