More and more people are switching to electric toothbrushes to maintain clean and healthy gums. But did you know that there is a right way, and a wrong way, of using them?
A 2019 study published by the Oral Health Foundation showed that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and keep their teeth for longer, compared to those who use a manual toothbrush.
“Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque – particularly brushes with ‘oscillating’ heads that rotate in both directions” says dental hygienist, Sabina Camber. “They also appeal to children who are attracted by their novelty value. And they are particularly useful for people with limited movement of the arm or hand, such as disabled or elderly people. But many people don’t use them correctly – because they have never been shown how.”
“The biggest mistake most people make is to use them like a manual toothbrush, brushing vigorously back and forth, and applying too much pressure” explains dental therapist and hygienist, Gemma Bealey. “Over time, this can cause bleeding and receding gums, and even damage tooth enamel. Instead, you should let your rotating, oscillating toothbrush do all the work for you.”
Sabina and Gemma’s top tips for power-assisted cleaning are:
“We are always happy to advise patients on their choice of toothbrush, and how to use it properly” adds Gemma. “Why not ask next time you pop in for a dental check-up or hygiene appointment?
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