Prevent Bad Breath with an Electric Toothbrush

There are a number of possible root causes for bad breath, or halitosis, though one of the most common factors is the state of your oral environment. More specifically, bad breath is an indicator of food and plaque that have become wedged in nooks and crannies between your teeth and at the gum-line.

Good oral hygiene is key to preventing bad breath. Dentists recommend that you floss and brush after every meal to get rid of the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Unfortunately, the combination of poor brushing technique and brushing for the wrong length of time prevents many people from adequately removing bacteria and plaque in hard to reach areas – in deep molar crevasses, between teeth, and within taste buds.

If you can’t seem to get rid of bad breath with standard brushing, you should consider switching to an electric toothbrush for the following reasons:

1. Longer, more thorough cleaning

Dental professionals recommend that you brush twice a day with each session lasting for two minutes. Electric brushes come with built-in two-minute timers that pulse every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch quadrants of the mouth. This ensures that you brush your teeth for the right length of time.

2. More movements

Electric toothbrushes are claimed to deliver tens of thousands of movements per minute, while a standard toothbrush is only capable of 300 to 600 movements within the same amount of time. The increased movements provide superior plaque removal, eliminating harmful bacteria from your mouth.

3. Superior Technology

Electric toothbrushes are designed with a head that rotates, oscillates, and pulsates during brushing to break up and remove a lot more plaque than a standard manual brush. The combination of timed motions and equal pressure help to clean both sides of the mouth with the same amount of diligence, where a right handed person could favor the left side of the mouth and vice versa.

4. Unique Brushhead

The design for electric brushes is inspired by dental tools, to produce small, round brush heads with soft bristles that easily surround each tooth individually to get deep between the teeth and remove plaque in hard to reach areas.

5. Special Modes

Many electric toothbrushes are designed with a massage mode or gum care mode that stimulates gums to remove even more plaque, as well as a tongue-cleaning mode to clean the tongue where most of the bacteria responsible for bad breath live.

If you suffer from halitosis, please visit Baywood Dental Group’s hygienist for tips on protecting against bad breath, and for a recommendation on the best electric toothbrush to use.