A New Year, the Same Teeth
Electric toothbrushes were a common present this holiday season. Even more common is the practice of forming a new year’s resolution. While the traditional time for resolutions may be a few days past, it’s hardly too late to make one or to add another. In the scheme of a year, what’re a few days? It may be a new year, but you still have the same teeth. This year, let us all make a resolution to take better care of our oral hygiene. In the United States, one out of every four adults suffers from an untreated cavity. Cavities, like many dental problems, are easily avoidable through proper and regular, at-home, oral hygiene. If we make a resolution, and stick to it, to take proper daily care of our teeth and to schedule twice-yearly Tulsa teeth cleaning appointments, then these numbers will change for the better.
Why Electric Can be Better
In general, experts report that electric toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes are roughly equal to each other when it comes to the task of cleaning your teeth. There’s a bit of a catch, though. Electric toothbrushes are designed to create the optimized movement for cleaning your teeth, all on their own. With a manual toothbrush you must learn and practice this proper technique on your own, and then be able to duplicate it consistently. This may seem trivial, but for many of us manually applying the proper technique can be quite difficult. Sometimes we just have a difficult time figuring it out or following through with it. Other times it can be a result of various physical conditions. Things like arthritis and limited manual dexterity can make the proper use of a manual toothbrush incredibly difficult, if not outright impossible. Electric toothbrushes don’t have this problem. But whether you use an electric or a manual toothbrush, the important thing is to take proper daily care of your teeth and to schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning appointment twice-yearly.
Tips and Tricks for Electric Toothbrushes
Every brand and version of electric toothbrushes differ to some degree. Before going out to shop for new brush heads, it is important to make sure that your model of toothbrush supports them. So, know your brand and model. Many different types of brush heads are available for electric toothbrushes, each designed with a specialized purpose. Some are better at plaque removal, while others are made to avoid discomfort with sensitive teeth; to name but a few. So, it is important to be aware of the different types of brush heads available for your toothbrush and to know what they are designed for. While not necessary, it can be very helpful to have an assortment of brush heads to meet all of your oral hygiene needs. Some people find the vibrations of electric toothbrushes to be unbearable ticklish at first, but don’t worry, your mouth will adapt to this new sensation in short order. If you experience this, then don’t hesitate to be gradual in your transition from manual to electric. Use your electric until the tickling is unbearable, and then switch to your manual one. Just make sure that you’re getting a full two minutes of brushing in, between the two.
Keeping that Resolution
Just as common as making a new year’s resolution is the difficulty of keeping them. We live busy lives in a hectic world. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up, just remember why you made that resolution and double down on your oral hygiene efforts. Schedule, and keep, your Tulsa teeth cleaning appointments. Put brush to teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Do these things and you’ll quickly see the benefits of your resolution. You’ll see it every morning in the mirror, and you’ll see it reflected in the eyes of those you smile at. And in the long-term, you’ll see the benefits in your bank account as you avoid expensive and problematic oral health complications. Don’t wait, schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning appointment today.