It is not harmful to use an electric toothbrush with implants. It would also be wrong to say that these brushes will be useful from manual brushes. If you are going to buy an electric toothbrush, you first need to make a choice that suits your needs. There are models of electric toothbrushes that can massage or stimulate both the tooth and the gum when pressure occurs during brushing.
There are some opinions that electric toothbrushes lead to gum retraction. But these problems can be eliminated by purchasing brushes with useful properties. Brushing time is also important when using a rechargeable toothbrush. An electric toothbrush will not harm your oral and dental health if you use it gently and correctly.
Electric toothbrushes, when used correctly, become an effective source of cleaning for children. But adults sometimes cannot use a regular toothbrush correctly. It is difficult to maintain oral hygiene for a carelessly used brush. Incorrect is the use of an electric brush, which is equal to the use of a regular brush.
There is a difference. Parents buy an electric brush to attract the child’s attention. An automatic toothbrush for a child will also be useless if he does not have a good brushing habit. It is more convenient to buy an automatic toothbrush for children who have a good brushing habits. A child or an adult who does not want to brush his teeth also loses his enthusiasm after a while after this brush. It is really effective and useful for cleaning teeth when used correctly and carefully.
Are electric toothbrushes harmful?
In general, the care of implants is only slightly different from modern dental care. But it’s true: Electric toothbrushes work better at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes. Which technique is most suitable for each patient can be found in consultation with the specialist.
There are models on the market with rotating oscillation technology, sonic toothbrushes and ultrasonic toothbrushes. Since each tooth has five surfaces to clean – but only three are accessed by the brush – there is floss and corresponding small brushes for the other two surfaces. At least once a day, the interdental spaces should be freed from food residues – preferably in the evening.
Electric toothbrushes do not cause any harm to the teeth when used consciously. There are some elements that should be considered when using charged toothbrushes. These brushes are mobile. For this reason, if the brush is moved while the brush head is working, abrasions may appear in the neck area of the tooth. In addition, gum injuries or gum retractions may occur. When choosing an electric toothbrush, it is better to give preference to models with a soft tip. If the dentist’s opinion is obtained before purchasing a rechargeable toothbrush, models suitable for the structure of the mouth and teeth that will not harm health can be purchased.
Proper use of an electric toothbrush is important. When brushing, the bristles of the brush should first look towards the gum. The toothbrush should be positioned so that it wraps the tooth with a hood edge. After this procedure, each tooth should be operated for an average of 5-10 seconds.
All teeth should be brushed one by one to ensure complete oral care. After the outer ones of the teeth, the inner parts facing the tongue should also be brushed one by one for the same period of time. For those who have porcelain teeth, bacteria can accumulate around the veneers. For this reason, porcelain teeth should be brushed just like other teeth.
Do electric toothbrushes loosen implants?
Electric toothbrushes do not cause any harm to implanted teeth when used consciously. With proper oral hygiene and care, tooth and implant loss can be prevented. We recommend toothbrushes with soft tips and small caps. We see that the biggest problem with oral health in people we follow up with regular check-ups at our clinic is the tooth surfaces that wear out after excessively hard and excessive brushing. That’s why we recommend brushing without pressing on the teeth using soft toothbrushes. Modern electric toothbrushes clean better than manual toothbrushes. It is also easier for children to use. Their fast, automatic brush movements can reduce the brushing time to two minutes. A toothbrush is an essential part of oral care because it provides mechanical cleaning in oral care and removes plaque, which is the main cause of caries and gum disease. But we all need to know the right toothbrush choice and the right brushing techniques.
Dentist Yasin Yılmaz was born in 1994 in Kayseri. In 2017, he graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry with a successful degree. In 2017, he began working as a dentist and medical director at a private clinic. In September 2018, he joined Ersoy Hospital Dental Department team where he still works