Are Electric Toothbrushes Good for Me?

Are Electric Toothbrushes Good for Me?

As your specialists when it comes to periodontal treatment in Wilmington DE and surrounding areas, we make it our goal here at Delaware Periodontics to give all our patients as healthy of a smile as possible. While we’re glad to provide the periodontal therapy necessary to improve the health of your teeth and gums, a truly healthy smile requires a great oral hygiene regimen as well. One thing that we commonly get asked about is whether electric toothbrushes are more beneficial in boosting a patient’s oral hygiene as opposed to manual toothbrushes. Unfortunately, there’s no set answer as to which is better; each has its own advantages. Having said that, we’d like to take the time to go over the pros and cons of using electric toothbrushes. 

Pros of Electric Toothbrushes

The most likely number one advantage of electric toothbrushes is that they can remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. This is especially important when it comes to making sure that your gums are healthy and preventing periodontal disease. If you’re already suffering from periodontal disease though, we’re glad to offer an assortment of periodontal treatments, LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) to help restore your gums to a healthier state.

There are several other reasons as to why someone may prefer to use an electric toothbrush over a manual one. Here are a few more of them:

  • Electric toothbrushes have built-in timers to let you know if you’ve been brushing the right amount of time.
  • Since the toothbrush vibrates on its own, all you have to do to clean your teeth is angle your brush in the right area and it’ll do all the work for you.
  • Kids and teenagers often find electric toothbrush more fun to use and may be more willing to brush regularly.

Cons of Electric Toothbrushes

As your center for periodontal treatment, we’ve noticed one major flaw when it comes to electric toothbrushes. If you tend to brush with a lot of pressure, electric toothbrushes can actually be harmful. Since they automatically vibrate at just the right amount of force, brushing with extra pressure can damage your gums and cause them to recede. It’s important to just angle your electric toothbrush at the area that you want to clean and allow the brush to do all the work. If, however, you end up causing your gums to recede because of aggressive brushing, our office offers periodontal gum surgery, such as pinhole gum rejuvenation, a safe and effective way to restore the health and appearance of your gums.

In addition to that, a few of the other cons of electric toothbrushes include the following:

  • Electric toothbrushes cost more.
  • They need to be constantly charged.
  • They have the potential to break.
  • It’s more inconvenient to take them when traveling.

Visit Your Delaware Periodontal Therapy Specialists!

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for periodontal gum surgery or any of our other services, feel free to give us a call at (302) 658-7871. Alternatively, you can schedule a visit by filling out our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you!