The Benefits Of Brushing With An Electric Toothbrush
BRUSHING TWICE A DAY is important to keeping your smile healthy, but what can switching from a manual to an electric toothbrush do for your oral health routine?
Electric Toothbrushes Provide Many Benefits
While a manual toothbrush can get the job done if used properly, an electric toothbrush provides benefits that go beyond simply scrubbing your teeth.
They clean teeth more thoroughly. When we brush by hand, we average about 300 strokes per minute. Electric toothbrushes can average thousands or even tens of thousands of strokes per minute depending on what technology they employ.
They’re easier for those with dexterity issues. Certain conditions–such as arthritis, limited mobility, or involuntary tremors–can make brushing with a manual toothbrush difficult. The larger handles of electric toothbrushes can be easier to hold, while the powered toothbrush head does all the cleaning for you.
They help ensure you’re brushing properly. Many electric toothbrushes feature built-in timers and pressure sensors. These features help ensure you’re not too brushing too hard and that you brush for a full two minutes.
They clean hard to reach spots around braces. Some electric toothbrushes even have special attachments made specifically for cleaning around brackets and orthodontic appliances.
Why We Recommend An Electric Toothbrush To Our Patients
Electric brushing has been proven to be more effective in removing plaque and maintaining overall oral health over manual tooth brushing. Most people are “speed brushers”, which means that they use a manual toothbrush and brush their teeth in 30 seconds or less. Studies have shown that the longer you can brush your teeth, (usually about 2 minutes), the better it is for your oral health. Electric toothbrushes allow you to be more focused in your brushing and insure that you are not brushing your teeth too hard, which can cause recession or damage to your teeth.
We really like the new Oral-B and Philips electric brushes which are the two brands that we recommend for our clients. Our amazing dentists & dental hygienists may recommend an electric tooth brush to help you with your daily oral care. By following our recommendations, you will reduce your overall dental health costs and maintain your teeth for a lifetime!
Check out the video below to see how to properly use an electric toothbrush.
We Love Brightening Our Patients Smiles!
Electric toothbrushes aren’t just fancy gadgets—they can provide a host of significant benefits for your oral health. If you have questions about how an electric toothbrush can improve your brushing routine, call and make an appointment today! We love helping our patients achieve happy, healthy smiles.
Thank you for being part of our practice family.
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