Cleaning teeth daily and effectively is an indispensable part of dental health. One option to do the job is the powered toothbrush: Sonicare and other similar devices are advertised every day. In this report, Dr. Stuart Rich explains why powered tooth brushing is a good idea and what other cleaning is required.
Dr. Rich points out that, according to research, a sonic brush will outperform a manual brush in virtually every case. It is possible for someone to do a good job with a manual brush, assuming that a person has the dexterity and takes the time required to brush thoroughly. Unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works. Most people, Dr. Rich says, don’t have or take the time needed, so they spend about thirty seconds with the toothbrush and toothpaste. The mouth feels clean.
The trouble is that, at that point, there will still be a lot of food and plaque left in the teeth. Adding to the problem, a lot of people don’t floss regularly, if at all. The big difference a powered brush like the Sonicare makes is that its bristles are oscillating at 30,000 times per minute. With that amount of activity, the brush will affect the bacterial cell walls of things it is not even touching. A manual brush won’t do that.
Of course, even a very good brush like this will not replace flossing. The space between the teeth is not reachable by the brush. About 40% of a tooth’s surface is not reachable by anything other than dental floss.
Dr. Stuart H. Rich, DDS, practices dentistry with Simply Smiles of Auburn, Washington. Dr. Stuart Rich has been rated Top Dentist for the 5th year in a row, including 2014, by a survey of dental specialists, published annually in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.