Brushing is key to preventing tooth decay and protecting your teeth from gingivitis. Many people, especially those with arthritis, opt for powered toothbrushes instead of manual. Most people find that the extra rotations that come from a powered toothbrush are great for cleaning their teeth. However, recently there has been an upswing in gums to bleed while using powered brushes. Are powered brushes themselves to blame, or are people simply using them incorrectly?
Proper Brushing Technique
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice per day for two minutes using a soft bristled toothbrush. The bristles should be at a 45 degree angle to your teeth so that you are brushing both the surface of your teeth and the gums. The likely issue that is arising from powered toothbrushes is that people are simply using them incorrectly. Applying too much pressure, combined with the fast rotation speed of the powered toothbrush can easily strip the enamel of your teeth, leaving them discolored and sensitive to heat and cold. It is best to let the brush do most of the work when you are using a powered brush. If you find that you are having a difficult time letting up on the pressure, there are models available that beep when you are pressing too hard against your teeth.
Powered Toothbrushes Can Help
Poor oral health harms more than just your teeth, and powered toothbrushes, given that they are soft bristled and they are being used properly, can be a powerful tool to protect your teeth and gums. This is especially true if you are living with arthritis or other diseases that affect motor skills. The American Dental Association has great guidelines on what to look for in a toothbrush as well as tips to help you with your brushing technique.
Proper brushing is only one aspect of good oral health. It is important that you also regularly visit your dentist. If you live in the Los Gatos area and have any questions or concerns about your teeth, please consider visiting Dr. Nancy Nehawandian at Top Down Dental. Please give us a call at (408) 354-5600 to schedule an appointment today.