Your toothbrush is your major defensive weapon against tooth decay and decalcification. If you’ve thought about purchasing an electric toothbrush but are on the fence, read on.
First let’s answer a good orthodontic question. Can you even use an electric toothbrush on braces? Answer: Yes you can! Electric toothbrushes are fine for traditional braces and of course Invisalign (clear and removable braces).
The spaces between teeth, braces and wires are areas that must be maintained to avoid gum disease, periodontitis, and decalcification. As you may have heard, it is recommended that you brush two to three times a day, and for at least two minutes each time.
According to a recent study by Cochrane, an independent organization that gathers and summarizes health research for consumers, power toothbrushes have been linked to greater reductions in plaque and gingivitis, compared to manual brushes.
A little extra help from an electric toothbrush goes a long way in maintaining your oral health. Most rechargeable toothbrushes have built-in timers to ensure you’re brushing for the full two minutes. Some also have quadpacers, which notify you every 30 seconds, so you spend equal time on all areas of your mouth. Electric toothbrushes can often be found at a discount when you shop online, so pick up a new toothbrush today!