Brushing advice is simple, but fundamental. Our mouths are full of bacteria, both good and bad. The bad bacteria break down sugars, turning them into acid that quickly damages teeth. Brushing is important because it removes the sugars and bacteria from the tooth surface, greatly reducing any problems with decay. Mouthwash and flossing are also important for removing bacteria, plaque and food debris.
Failure to remove bad bacteria from the mouth will quickly lead to a build-up of plaque. This is a sticky film of bacteria that coats the teeth. Left for any period of time this plaque will harden, turning into tartar, which is very difficult to remove.
Electric toothbrushes clean at least as well as traditional, manual toothbrushes. And they require less effort.
– Electric toothbrushes can provide 3000 strokes per second when cleaning teeth. This is more than ten times as many strokes as a manual toothbrush.
– Electric toothbrushes can clean hard to reach places in the mouth. This may be hard to move the manual toothbrush when brush the molars at the back of the mouth, but electric toothbrushes can clean this with minimal effort.
– Electric toothbrushes are useful for people who are still wearing braces; the electric brush can held against the teeth to clean between the braces. This is difficult with a manual toothbrush that must be physically moved.
– Electric toothbrushes are the best option for those with limited dexterity. Traditional brushing is difficult for the elderly, the disabled, or those with arthritis. But electric toothbrushes require only moderate effort.
– Children often like electric toothbrushes, and this encourages them to brush.
Timers on electric toothbrushes remind us not to cut the brush time too short.
– Ultrasonic toothbrushes vibrate at even higher speeds than regular electric toothbrushes. This super high speed breaks down bacteria.
Clean teeth have many health advantages. Apart from less decay, and subsequently less expense from the dentist, clean teeth and a healthy mouth means a lower risk of developing cardiovascular and cognitive problems later in life.