Many patients ask their dentists about whether they should use electric toothbrushes … so much so that the American Dental Association has recently issued several news releases on the matter. The organization says manual toothbrushes can be just as effective as powered ones.
The key to preventing tooth decay lies in the way a toothbrush — electric or otherwise — is used.
The bottom line: Daily brushing and flossing are the keys to dental health, not your toothbrush!
Here are the main guidelines to follow for both types of toothbrushes:
- Brush your teeth two times every day, for 2 minutes each time. The right timing is important to clean your teeth the right way.
- Use the correct technique and brush each quadrant of your mouth evenly.
- If you follow these 2 steps every day, you might not need to get an electric toothbrush!
Advantages of Electric Toothbrushes
An electric toothbrush can be a great alternative to a manual toothbrush, if you have arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to brush well. The bristle movement of an electric toothbrush might even help you remove more plaque from your teeth and improve your gum health.
The new powered models come with several features that make life easier, such as:
- A timer which is especially useful to know how long you’ve been brushing each quadrant of your mouth, when to change quadrant and when to stop.
- A pressure sensor. Do you brush too hard? The pressure sensor will let you know when you’re pressing too much.
Fun For Kids
Kids can especially benefit from the latest electric toothbrushes. There are models especially designed for them with colorful designs plus sound effects. It suddenly gets easier to get your kids to brush their teeth.
Dr. Braverman highly recommends electric toothbrushes, noting that they are very powerful tools for homecare.
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