No matter your age, it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. But as you get older and lose muscle dexterity, it can be difficult to brush as well as you used to. That’s why it is recommended for the elderly to use electric toothbrushes.
If you brush properly with a manual toothbrush, you perform 300 strokes per minute, so over your two-minute brushing time, your teeth are hit with only 600 strokes. But electric toothbrushes have 3,000 to 7,500 rotating motions a minute that are powered to replicate the motion of your hand by doing the muscle work for you. The bristles on these toothbrushes either rotate or move back and forth to help remove plaque and reduce gingivitis.
Electric toothbrushes are not only helpful for the elderly, but also for children and those with chronic illness. To get the most out of your electric toothbrush, here are some tips:
- Change out the head of your toothbrush every three months or as soon as the bristles start to fray.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid brushing too hard and damaging your gums.
- Divide your mouth into quadrants and spend at least 30 seconds in each area, brushing at a 45 degree angle pointed up toward your gums.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue, which helps you avoid bad breath.
To maintain great dental hygiene, you should also visit your dentist for bi-annual professional teeth cleanings. If you are in need of a dental check-up, contact Austin Dental Implants today and set-up your appointment.