Sometimes we doubt whether to follow certain trends and recommendations we hear from people. When your dentist recommends switching to an electric toothbrush, however, that’s advice you should always heed. Here are some facts on why you should switch to an electric toothbrush or why you’re awesome for using them, depending on the situation.

It Does The Job Better

You could brush for fifteen minutes, and a manual toothbrush still won’t reach every single little surface of your mouth and teeth that need cleaning. We sometimes feel satisfied thinking we scrubbed well, but the truth as much different. The smaller rotating head of an electric toothbrush can reach farther due to its motion and pressure from the brush. This also ensures an equal amount of pressure on both sides of your mouth. Place the electric toothbrush at a 45° angle and it does the work for you! The rotating motion ensures the bristles reach between teeth and along the gum line better than a manual toothbrush ever can.

Prevents Damage

Using an electric toothbrush can help you prevent brushing your teeth too hard and damaging your gums leading to gum recession. Remember gum tissue does not regenerate so keeping your gums safe and healthy is an important thing to keep in mind. Many electric toothbrushes also come with a built-in timer to ensure your brush for the optimal length of time. Dentists recommend brushing for approximately two minutes. Anything less, and you’re not getting a thorough clean. Too long, and you risk damaging your gums. Using an electric toothbrush ensures the proper time and does the most work in that short period, greatly reducing the build-up of plaque in your mouth.

There Are Varieties

Electric toothbrushes come in different varieties such as rechargeable and battery-powered. The battery-powered are usually cheaper and are more portable. You can also find a variety of heads for your brushes, such as Circular, Counter Oscillation, Rotation/Oscillation, Side-to-Side and Ultrasonic. Each one of these can add to the cleansing and help reach even more difficult areas. Speak with your dentist to find out which method is best for your needs, especially if you have sensitive teeth, gingivitis, or wear braces.

Which One Should I Buy?

Every mouth is different. If you are considering using an electric toothbrush due to a condition in your mouth, or don’t know which one to purchase, it’s recommended you pay a visit to your dentist. They can go in full detail on your particular case and recommend a specific toothbrush. Apart from this it’s always recommended to get checked regularly for any problems or infections that can occur. We recommend the Philips Sonicare™ line of electric toothbrushes at the Teal Umbrella.

Remember even though you may buy an electric toothbrush, never abandoned flossing as it is still a very important part of your daily dental hygiene routine.