Your toothbrush is on its last legs – the bristles are splayed side to side, and the blue indicator stripe has all but disappeared. So do you just grab another regular toothbrush from the drugstore, or is it time for something more advanced?
If you’ve never used an electric toothbrush, you probably have some questions about whether it’s something you should try out. And before you randomly grab a brush, it’s worth exploring the answers. Check in with Dr. Okamura at your next exam for personalized recommendations – and start doing some research at home with the help of our post below.
How to Fix a Gummy Smile with Your Dentist
You may have done research in the past for how to correct your gummy smile, and been put off by the extreme option of a gingivectomy – an operation to remove excess gum tissue. Now, there is a new go-to method for treating a gummy smile that your dentist can perform in less than an hour. For a nonsurgical gummy smile correction, your dentist can inject Botox directly into the upper lip muscles.
Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes: Pros and Cons
We’ll spoil the answer right now: the choice of manual vs. electric toothbrush really depends on the individual patient. There have not been conclusive studies that indicate that electric toothbrushes necessarily work better than manual toothbrushes. But what they do accomplish is make it easier for subpar oral hygiene to remove more plaque – more on that below.
Overall, the main pros and cons of electric toothbrushes include:
How Do I Choose the Right Electric Toothbrush?
There aren’t any definitive studies that show that one brand or kind of toothbrush is universally “better” than others. It really comes down to your personal preferences. Consider which powered toothbrush meets your expectations in terms of cost and convenience and comfort. Some features to consider include:
There are other add-ons that some brushes boast, too – like a brushing timer, different heads, and a wide variety of designs. If you’re not sure where to start, talking to your dentist is definitely the best step.
Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, you should be comfortable that you have all the tools you need to succeed in your oral hygiene at home. If you ever feel like you’re missing something, or are struggling to keep your teeth clean, our team is here to help – simply get in touch.