Much like every other aspect of technology, the evolution of the toothbrush has been pretty amazing over the years. From stationary brushes with only hard bristles to electric and rechargeable brushes with replacement brush heads and a multitude of different bristle types that are able to target different parts of the teeth to promote the cleanest mouth possible.
While electronic toothbrushes are a great way to clean your teeth as part of a regimen that includes flossing, rinsing and regularly visiting your Ottawa dentist, some believe that they may actually have negative effects on your mouth. “Some now provide up to 8,800 oscillations per minute and they’re getting more expensive, too, with devotees paying up to £170 for them. As a result, more and more dentists are advising a return to old-fashioned, manual brushing. ‘I’m seeing an increasing number of patients with abrasion cavities and gum problems after using these powerful electric gadgets in the wrong way,’ says Dr Beeta Salek-Haddadi, a cosmetic dentist at Smile Solutions in London.‘People are brushing too hard and fast with them and it’s causing damage.’”
The moral of the story is that any device used too aggressively or inappropriately can cause damage. Whether you decide to maintain using a manual brush or try out an electronic one, technique is the key. Use enough pressure to effectively clean your teeth and gums, but not so much that you cause damage to your mouth. Talk to your Ottawa dentist about the best toothbrush options that are available.