If you are someone who has a lot of tartar buildup or you have a hard time using the correct technique when brushing your teeth, your dentist may have recommended that you use an electric toothbrush. While these power toothbrushes work great in these instances, there are certain times when they should not be used. Here are three such situations in which you would not want to use an electric toothbrush.
When Having a Temporary Crown Placed
Crowns are often placed if your tooth has been damaged. They provide a way for the tooth to be strengthened, to restore its shape, and to improve its appearance. Before a permanent crown gets placed, a temporary one goes on first. Doing this helps to hold the appropriate space of a permanent crown.
When you get a temporary crown, it's vitally important to not knock it out of place. It's still important to brush over the temporary crown, but this should be done with a manual toothbrush only. The vibration on an electric toothbrush might displace the screws on the crown. If you want to use your electric toothbrush after the permanent crown is placed, it's safe to do so.
If You Properly Brush Your Teeth
Did you know that only one in ten Americans brush their teeth correctly? When the teeth don't get brushed properly, this can lead to gum disease, cavities, and other oral health issues. Because dentists want you to have the best chance at keeping your teeth healthy, they often recommend using an electronic toothbrush. In order to brush your teeth properly remember the following:
- Use the appropriate-sized toothbrush
- Use a soft-bristled brush
- Use a 45-degree angle
- Use small circles while brushing
- Brush both the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth
If you're able to do all of the above, you'll be able to avoid the expense of buying an electric toothbrush and use a manual one.
After Getting Braces or Having Them Tightened
If you have just gotten braces, it's a good idea to not use your electric toothbrush. Your teeth will be super sensitive, and using an electric toothbrush might actually be painful. The same goes after getting your braces tightened, which usually occurs every four to six weeks.
After the process of getting braces, or having them tightened, dentists recommend being very gentle on your teeth. If you're able to reach all of your teeth, then you can continue using your electronic toothbrush after your pain subsides. Otherwise, it's best to stick to a manual toothbrush.