If you switched from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush, you might have done so because you wanted to get a better clean for your teeth. It’s true that for many people, using an electric toothbrush makes it easier to get into all those nooks and crannies—and to make sure you’re brushing for a long enough period of time.
Some people, however, may be wondering if their powerful electric toothbrush is actually doing more harm than good by damaging the enamel of teeth. This is a question we’ve heard come up a few times so we thought we’d dive into the discussion.
The Deal with Enamel
For starters, it’s important to understand enamel. Enamel is the outer surface of your teeth, and it’s actually the hardest mineral substance in your body. Yup, that means that it’s stronger than bone, too! This enamel is what protects your teeth from cavities.
However strong it might be, enamel is not invincible. It can wear down over time due to things like acidity in foods and drinks and nighttime grinding. The bad news is that enamel doesn’t grow back. Once you’ve lost it, it’s gone!
Electric Toothbrush & Your Enamel
In general, electric toothbrushes on their own don’t damage your enamel. The problem is just if you’re pushing too hard with your brush, using a toothbrush head with hard bristles, or using abrasive toothpaste. These things can wear away at your enamel faster. If you use an electric toothbrush, you can protect your enamel by choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush and making sure you’re not pressing down hard while you brush.
Dental Solutions of Columbus Has Answers!
Still have some questions about your dental care? Dental Solutions of Columbus has your answers! We provide a wide range of dental services from general dentistry all the way to advanced care, so we have the knowledge you need. You can first check out our FAQ page to see if you’re question is there, or you can contact us directly to speak to a member of our Columbus team.