While the electric toothbrush has been hailed for its ability to effectively remove plaque, improper brushing technique can lead to potentially serious problems. To avoid such complications, it is important to note that an electric toothbrush should not be used in the same way that a manual toothbrush is used. Instead of brushing hard and fast across the dental arch, an electric toothbrush should be lightly exerted against the tooth surface and positioned at the gums at a 45-degree angle. Users of electric toothbrushes should also select soft-bristled brushes and be careful not to brush their teeth longer than two minutes at a time. Hard bristles and prolonged, aggressive brushing invites gum recession and enamel loss.
Did you know that regular visits to the dentist today can save you time and money in the future? By receiving routine dental cleanings and exams, you can help prevent cavities as well as more significant and costly dental problems down the road. To schedule an appointment with 9 WEST MAIN DENTAL, please call 508-867-2777. We stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and education to provide you with the most effective oral health care. Our office is located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. It is best to not brush teeth immediately after eating acidic foods, which leave tooth enamel more prone to enamel erosion. Better to wait a while to allow saliva to neutralize the oral environment.