Benjamin Franklin said it best; “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In oral health, this saying goes a long way. Even though our current dental materials are far superior to what we had even 10 years ago, they are still second best to your natural tooth structure. At White Wolf Dental, we pride ourselves on patient education which includes preventative care to keep your natural teeth healthy for a lifetime.
One of the simplest ways we can improve our oral health is to be more thorough with the way we brush our teeth. Brushing our teeth is one of the easiest activities we do each morning, but most people when asked about their technique describe very inefficient ways of brushing. Here comes technology to the rescue! The Sonicare electric toothbrush is my personal recommendation to achieve the best results for plaque and tartar removal.
With the bristles moving in rapid vibration, the Sonicare brush creates millions of tiny bubbles that are able to increase the surface area of your toothpaste and clean areas your normal toothbrush could not even come close to reaching. This activity also helps clean out the bacteria underneath your gums that can cause gingivitis. Up to 80% of Americans have gingivitis. If you poked your arm with your finger and it started bleeding you would be worried. Having bleeding gums should be as much of a worry. The Sonicare gives you the ability to reach bacteria that cause inflammation, which is the underlying cause of bleeding gums.
Sonicare removes up to four times more plaque than a manual toothbrush after four weeks of use.
This clinical study published by Phillips summarizes the difference between Sonicare and manual brushing.
As fancy as this technology is, you still need to floss! Between flossing and use of a Sonicare, Americans can prevent thousands of dollars in dental work.
Not every member in your home needs a Sonicare handle. You can save money by buying one handle and other family members can have their own brush head that attaches to this handle. This way everyone benefits from the brush and minimizes overall cost.