Plaque is a sticky white substance that clings to your teeth. Its acidic nature means it can eat through the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly keeps plaque from building up on your teeth, and regular visits to your dentist ensures any cavities can be treated before they become serious. But another, very effective tool against plaque buildup is an electronic toothbrush.
Benefits of an Electronic Toothbrush
An electronic toothbrush has several important advantages over a regular toothbrush. It can brush evenly and at a consistent speed and pressure. Many electronic toothbrushes have timers you can use to be sure you brush for a full two minutes—the length of time recommended for effective brushing. The motion of the brushes helps massage the gums, increasing blood flow to these vital tissues. Some electronic toothbrushes also have specially designed bristles that help clean between the teeth, removing plaque and food particles that a traditional brush might not reach.
If you are interested in using an electronic toothbrush, ask our dentist for a recommendation. There is a wide variety of brands available, and we might feel one or two are better than others. Our specialists can also base his recommendation on your individual needs and your oral health history.
Helping Maintain Your Oral Health
In addition to regular brushing with an electronic toothbrush, there are other measures you can take to keep your mouth and teeth healthy and clean. Brushing with a regular toothbrush is effective if you brush regularly and diligently and are sure to brush for about two minutes with each session. Regular flossing is also very important, as it removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth. If you have difficulty with gingivitis in spite of using an electronic toothbrush, a water-based tool to clear out the spaces between the teeth can be a helpful addition. Also be sure to visit our dentist regularly, and if you have any questions about proper brushing and flossing technique or what kinds of tools are best for you and your teeth, be sure to ask.
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