Is it Worth Investing in an Electric Toothbrush?
This is a question we get asked many times at Oakville Dental Offices.
The answer we always give is a resounding YES. Thorough brushing and flossing is the best way – and often the only way – to avoid decay, gum disease and ultimately costly dental work.
Electric toothbrushes help you to get a more consistent clean by using a timer – and a better clean by utilizing rotary or sonic action of the brush head.
“In the morning when we’re rushing to get out of the door – or at night when we simply want to get to bed after a long day, it’s so easy to cut the time we spend brushing our teeth without realizing,” says our practicing dentist, Dr. Ray Liu. “An electric toothbrush is one of the best investments you can make for a lifetime of good oral health.”
How Electric Toothbrushes Ensure Consistent Cleaning
Aside from providing a deeper brushing action, most models have a 30-second timer. The timer helps you to complete the full recommended 2 minutes brushing time – and make sure that every tooth is included in your routine. Simply allocate each 30-second timed clean to one of the four quarters of your mouth.
With a timer, you can get the job done without worrying about how long you’ve been brushing – leaving your mind free to wander!
Should kids go electric?
Kids love gadgets – and anything that gets them to brush their teeth more is a good thing! However, electric toothbrushes, although a ‘nice-to-have’, are not an essential for the younger generation.
Dr. Liu says: “Electric toothbrushes for kids are available, but for children I tend to emphasize using kid’s flossers. When children usually get cavities between the baby teeth, it’s mostly in between the back molars. That’s why it’s so important to be sure to floss out food debris and sugar between the back molars.”
Picking Your Product
OK, so you’ve decided to go for it. Great decision! But what should you buy?
The most important consideration for an electric toothbrush is to opt for a rechargeable model, which is likely to last much longer. Battery operated brushes have a tendency to break down within a year or two. There are two main brands – Oral-B® and Philips – and both will do a great job. Also be aware that your new toothbrush doesn’t have to be the highest end model on the market. Even a basic rechargeable brush will do a really good job – and the extra ‘bells and whistles’ are not crucial for a thorough clean.
The great news is that electric toothbrushes are not as expensive as you might assume. A good electric toothbrush should be well under $100.
At Oakville Dental Offices, we say electric toothbrushes are a wonderful investment. If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to ask for advice next time you visit us, at our Glen Abbey (Monastery) or River Oaks (Sixth Line) locations!