03 Feb Electronic Toothbrush: A Great Weapon Against Plaque Formation
An electronic toothbrush is a great weapon against the formation of plaque. The accumulation of plaque is a threat to your oral health because it contributes to common oral disease and bacterial overgrowth. Additionally, when plaque isn’t removed within a couple days, it can harden into tartar after exposed to calculus. When it comes to plaque removal, an electronic toothbrush is great for brushing away daily deposits of colonized bacteria. Following are some reasons why an electronic toothbrush is great for your dental health.
Benefits of Electronic Toothbrushes
While a manual toothbrush can effectively remove plaque buildup when used properly, an electronic brush can streamline the process. When comparing a manual toothbrush versus an electronic one, an electric brush makes hundreds of revolutions within a couple minutes. These revolutions can help increase dental health by making plaque removal easier and more efficient. Moreover, the consistency of an electronic brush’s revolutions means that each tooth is more likely to be cleaned properly. If you want recommendations for oral care products like toothbrushes and toothpaste, speak with a member of our team. We will be happy to help you.
Why Plaque is Dangerous
Plaque is dangerous to your oral health because it is full of bacteria that can eat through the structures of weak teeth and inflame the gums. When plaque accumulates and hardens into tartar, it will inflame and irritate gingival tissue. Inflamed and irritated gingiva put a patient at great risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease. Moreover, hardened plaque cannot be removed by flossing or brushing. Instead, it must be scraped away by handheld tools that oral health professionals use.
Other Tips for Controlling Plaque Accumulation
In addition to using an electronic toothbrush, flossing and reducing your intake of acid and sugar can help control the development of plaque and protect your teeth from harmful bacteria. Flossing helps disrupt colonies of bacteria that form between teeth where a brush can’t reach. Reducing acid intake will help protect tooth enamel while controlling sugar content in your diet will reduce bacteria’s natural food source.
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