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Electric Toothbrush: Should You Make the Switch?

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There’s no hard and fast rule on what type of toothbrush is best. When it comes to an electric toothbrush versus a traditional or manual brush, it is largely a matter of preference. The most important thing to consider is whether or not you are following recommended brushing guidelines as far as time and frequency. Two minutes, twice a day with your toothbrush is what your teeth need to stay clean and healthy!

It is common for patients to want to know if they should consider tossing their manual toothbrush and switching to an electric model. There are some key benefits of using a power toothbrush. If you have the following, an electric toothbrush investment is probably worth it:

Dexterity Issues: Due to the design, electric toothbrushes require much less dexterity and coordination to use compared to a manual brush. This makes it the perfect choice for young kids, elderly patients or those that have a physical disability or arthritis.

Frequent Decay/Gum Disease: If you are at higher risk for cavities or gum disease, you may need a toothbrush that cleans more thoroughly. When you brush by hand, you’ll probably average about 300 strokes per minute. However, by using an electric toothbrush, you’ll speed up your cleaning to thousands or even tens of thousands of strokes per minute.

History of Brushing Too Hard or Too Quick: Many electric toothbrush varieties have special built-in features that will help you do the job correctly. For example, a built-in timer can ensure you don’t stop before the two minutes are up and the unique built-in pressure sensors can protect your teeth from brushing with too much force, which can lead to enamel erosion and sensitivity.

Orthodontic Appliances: If you have braces, a retainer or other orthodontic appliance, an electric toothbrush may help you more easily clean and navigate tight spaces in between brackets and bands. This can make for a healthier and brighter smile when your braces come off!

Still not sure if an electric toothbrush is right for you? Want to know which high-powered model we recommend? Call Salt Run Family Dentistry today.

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Salt Run Family Dentistry

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St. Augustine, FL 32080
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