If you plan to buy an electric toothbrush to remove dental calculus, it is best to first determine whether brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush can achieve the same effect as washing your teeth.
So, can an electric toothbrush brush off dental calculus?
Before this question, we must first understand what dental calculus is.
Dental calculus is a kind of mineralized or mineralized plaque and soft scale deposited on the surface of the tooth or restoration. It is composed of 75% calcium phosphate, 15-25% water, organic matter, manganese phosphate, and calcium mineral. It is composed of small amounts of potassium, sodium, and iron. These calcium salts and other inorganic salts mainly come from saliva or gingival crevicular fluid and are yellow, brown, or black.
Now we all know that dental calculus is not food residue left on the teeth, but a calcified substance, so it is not like food residue that can be brushed off by ordinary brushing. So can it be brushed off with an electric toothbrush?
The working principle of an electric toothbrush is to use a high-speed motor to rotate and vibrate the brush head to achieve the effect of cleaning teeth. During the process of brushing, place the electric toothbrush on the teeth, and the toothbrush can remove food residues on the surface of the teeth through vibration and rotation. However, the goal of removing tartar can not be achieved!
Some people use an electric toothbrush to remove dental calculus. It is purely by luck. There may be two reasons why dental calculus can be removed by an electric toothbrush:
1. Dental calculus in the pre-formation stage is shaken off due to the high frequency of the electric toothbrush.
2. Too much calculus causes the adhesion to be not very strong, which is shaken off by the electric toothbrush.
Dental calculus is generally fragile at the initial stage of formation, and there is a certain probability that it can be removed with an electric toothbrush. However, after the accumulation of time and calcification, the dental calculus is relatively strong, and it is impossible to be removed by an electric toothbrush.
Therefore, electric toothbrushes cannot achieve the effect of washing teeth! Dental calculus must be removed by washing teeth.
Then someone may ask: Since the effect of an electric toothbrush is similar to that of an ordinary toothbrush, why buy an electric toothbrush?
The advantages of electric toothbrushes:
1. Easy to use
Generally speaking, brushing your teeth lasts for about 3 minutes for the best cleaning effect. With traditional toothbrushes, few people can master this brushing time. Either a hastily brushing is over, and the teeth cannot be cleaned well, or the teeth are damaged by brushing for a long time. Most people do not have the patience to brush for 3 minutes because of hand acid. Electric toothbrushes can solve this problem very well. Time is set, and you don’t need any effort at all, so it is very convenient to use.
2. Reduce damage
Ordinary toothbrushes use their control to brush their teeth. If the force is too small, it cannot be cleaned. Too much force will cause harm to the teeth and gums, bleeding the gums or causing tooth wedge shape defects, while electric toothbrushes use vibrating and rotating brush heads to clean. You only need to put it in the place to be cleaned, and you don’t need to master it.
The electric toothbrush can clean hidden places between teeth and wisdom teeth that are not easy to brush, and it can effectively remove dental plaque and reduce the formation of dental calculus from the root. The trembling of the bristles can also promote blood circulation in the oral cavity and has an unexpected massage effect on the gum tissue.
The electric toothbrush is so good, can everyone use it?
Not everyone is suitable for electric toothbrushes. Improper use of electric toothbrushes can also cause damage to teeth. People with poor teeth, such as those with gingivitis and periodontitis, are best not to choose electric toothbrushes. In addition, children before the age of 7 are best not to use electric toothbrushes.
Precautions for the use of electric toothbrushes
1. Choose a small brush head to clean the oral cavity deeply.
2. When brushing your teeth, the strength should be reduced, at least 60% less strength than using a normal toothbrush, to avoid damage to the teeth and gums due to excessive force.
3. The brushing time is guaranteed for at least 2 minutes, deep cleansing from the inside out.
Replace the brush head every 4.3 months to prevent the rough brush head from damaging the gums, and the new brush head removes 30% more plaque than the brush head after 3 months.