There are many times here at Southeast Family Dental when we recommend patients use an electric toothbrush. For certain cases and patients, an electric toothbrush can be a better alternative to a normal or traditional toothbrush. The bristles can vibrate, oscillate and rotate and can be desirably hard on the teeth or exert soft pressure. Electric toothbrushes also clean gums and other hard to reach areas of the mouth.
An electric toothbrush may have other useful features as well such as a built-in timer to indicate how long you have brushed. Some will even notify you when the charge is low or if the brush head needs to be replaced.
Tips to keep your electric toothbrush at its very best
Taking proper care of an electric toothbrush is important to ensure optimum results. Here are a few tips to follow to keep your electric toothbrush at its very best:
- The head of an electric toothbrush should be changed as often as you would a manual toothbrush. Typically, this is every 3 months depending on the brand and make of the electric toothbrush you are using.
- You should clean the head of the electric toothbrush regularly and wipe down the handle to avoid saliva buildup which can be a thriving ground for bacteria.
- You should change the brush head after any illness to avoid an infection due to bacteria.
- It is not necessary to use a UV light sanitizer or any other special sanitizer to clean your electric toothbrush. Normal cleaning will suffice.
- As with a manual toothbrush, you shouldn’t share your electric toothbrush heads with anyone.
- Check the manual included with your electric toothbrush to see how often you should charge it. Some (but not all) electric toothbrush batteries last longer if you let them drain fully before recharging.
While using an electric toothbrush, you should adhere to the traditional best practices of brushing twice daily, not exerting too much pressure on your teeth or gums and brushing at least 2 minutes gently to ensure proper cleaning.