“Brush your teeth twice a day, and visit your dentist twice a year.” We have all heard this advice. Brushing your teeth is an important part of dental hygiene. Mom knew this. So do you.
Let’s face it. Teeth brushing is boring. No one enjoys it. We brush our teeth because we need to or because Mom said to.
To get the benefit of teeth brushing, we need to do it regularly, and thoroughly. Both of these benefits are easier to get with an electric toothbrush.
First of all, an electric toothbrush can be fun (well, less boring than a regular toothbrush). There is something satisfying about cleaning one’s teeth with a brush that rotates tens of thousands of times per second. When you are done, your mouth feels like it has just been cleaned. Ahhh…
Start by finding a good brush that is both effective, and fun to use. There are different kinds of brushes, some are more fun to use then others. Back in the 1970s, one of the first electronic toothbrushes was the Snoopy Brusha Brusha Toothbrush. Doesn’t that look like fun? Who wouldn’t brush twice a day if the brush was sticking out of Snoopy’s head and moved back and forth automatically? Well, maybe not everyone, but there is a brush for everyone’s tastes.
More importantly, an electronic toothbrush does a better job of getting your teeth cleaned then a regular toothbrush. The brush rotates or oscillates much faster than a regular brush. This helps remove plaque, loosens food stuck between teeth, and massages the gums. When using a regular toothbrush, one may press too hard, damaging the gums. An electric brush makes it easier to control the pressure. Also, the mouth can be cleaned better in the same amount of time.
Aren’t electronic toothbrushes expensive, especially when my dentist gives me a free one after every visit? Some toothbrushes are pricey, but bargains can be found. Walmart has several models that are less than $50, as well as a few that are close to $20. Divide that over a year of toothbrushing and the cost is less than 5 cents per cleaning. That is a reasonable amount to spend on clean teeth.
So, make your Mom, your Dentist, and your mouth happy. Buy an electric toothbrush and use it twice a day (or better yet, after every meal).