Do Electric Toothbrushes Cause Receding Gums?
It is essential to understand the proper usage of electric toothbrushes. Even though they are known to keep your smile beautiful and healthy, some things need to be considered. People who do not use the electric toothbrush properly can cause trauma to their gums and delicate tissues. This can lead to receding gums. Moreover, when the gums recede, it can cause bacteria and food to intrude on the bone below, which can cause decay and infection. Hence, if you do not know how to use an smart electric toothbrush, stop using it and ask your dentist to provide you with proper instructions.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession means the gums lower in position, exposing the tooth’s root, which the gum protects. When the roots are exposed, they can cause sensitivity and look aesthetically unpleasing. However, it is treatable, and you can consult your dentist for further advice.
How can I use an electric toothbrush without damaging my gums?
It would help to keep these general techniques in mind when using an smart toothbrush.
- Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line
- Don’t brush your teeth aggressively. When you brush your teeth, move the toothbrush back and forth gently in a circular movement over the labial surface, lingual surface, and chewing szurface of your teeth.
- Avoid brushing rigorously along the gum line because that can irritate the gums.
Can a toothbrush cause gum recession?
If you use an electric or manual toothbrush properly, it will not hurt your gums and enamel. Moreover, it will help in maintaining and promoting your overall oral health. Many people assume that brushing their teeth vigorously with hard bristle toothbrushes will clean their teeth better. But that is a misconception because brushing too hard can cause irreversible damage to the enamel. In addition, it can cause recession of the gums, which is also not reversible. So, in general, a toothbrush does not cause gum recession, but your brushing technique and choice of toothbrush do. Dentists recommend using a soft-bristle toothbrush and learning the proper technique before using an electric toothbrush.
How do you use an electric toothbrush with gum recession?
If you see that your gums are lifting away from your teeth and your roots are being exposed, the chances are that you have gum recession. While the reasons behind gum recession are many, it can eventually cause root exposure and tooth loss if not treated. If you have receding gums, a sonic electric toothbrush is recommended to treat the condition. The sonic electric toothbrush is more suitable for sensitive gums than the rotating-oscillating electric toothbrushes. It also reduces the risk of dental damage. Sonic toothbrush will clean your teeth and minimize excess pressure if used correctly, following the general brushing technique aforementioned.
Equipped with intelligent AI frequency reduction, Oclean smart electric toothbrush series have the overpressure protection feature. It will automatically reduce frequency when over-brushing is detected, eliminating damage, bleeding, and discomfort.