Preventive dentistry is the best approach to preserving your teeth from decay, damage, and loss. For many people, an electric toothbrush can really improve toothbrushing, and can lead to cleaner teeth and gums. In the long run, this can protect your oral health and may even save your teeth.

So what is it about an electric toothbrush that can preserve your teeth and gums?

Here’s a rundown on some of the features of an electric toothbrush that can really preserve your oral health.

Electronic toothbrush with toothbrush heads on a table.

Effective Motions Everywhere

One problem some people have is effectively moving their toothbrush properly. They may not be able to master the fine motor skills necessary to clean their teeth. Or maybe they used to be able to do the motions, but age and health conditions like arthritis may interfere. Or maybe they get bored and stop being careful about how they’re moving their toothbrush.

But with an electric toothbrush, the motions are always effective at removing plaque that leads to cavities and gum disease. And you don’t have to worry that your off hand isn’t cleaning as well as your dominant hand–the electric toothbrush is the same everywhere!

Pressure Sensor

What if the problem is not that you’re not brushing hard enough but that you’re brushing too hard? Brushing too hard can erode the enamel on your teeth and cause gum recession.

Many electric toothbrushes can solve this problem, too. They have pressure sensors that warn you if you’re pressing too hard. That way, you can develop a proper touch that will remove plaque, but not damage your teeth and gums.


For some people, the problem is not that you can’t brush, it’s that you don’t brush long enough. Electric toothbrushes solve this with a basic tool: a timer. Most electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer that goes off when you’ve been brushing long enough. That way, you know you’re taking enough time to make sure your teeth are clean.

Bluetooth Communications

You might think that there’s no reason why your toothbrush should be able to talk to your smartphone or tablet, but you’d be wrong. Communication between a toothbrush and another device can tell you a lot of important information: how regularly you’re brushing, whether you’re not brushing long enough, if you’re brushing too hard, and more. The toothbrush can even send messages to your smartphone to remind you to brush when you’re having a hard time developing the proper habits.

And these modern toothbrushes can even track their movements so that you can see which areas you might be missing and work to make sure you’re getting them better than before.

Are You Looking for Help with Preventive Dentistry?

An electric toothbrush can potentially offer many oral hygiene benefits for some people, but your at-home hygiene is only half the solution to the oral hygiene problem. It’s also important to have a dentist who is a skilled and dedicated  partner in protecting your oral health.

If you are looking for an oral health partner in Rochester, NY, please call (585) 244-3337 today for an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry.