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9

Are All Electric Toothbrushes Created Equal?

Posted in Periodontics

You’ve probably heard that electric toothbrushes clean the teeth better than manual toothbrushes. If you’ve decided to purchase an electric brush, you may now be wondering if a certain type of brush is better than another. The designs, prices, and features of electric toothbrushes can vary greatly, so you’ll want to make an informed decision about your investment.

The first thing a person should look for when purchasing an electric toothbrush is the quality of the bristles. A stiff-bristled brush will not clean the teeth any better, it will only cause excessive abrasion to the teeth and irritation to the gum tissue. Gum recession may be a result which often requires gum graft surgery. Instead, select a soft bristled brush. As bristles wear out over a few months, a high-quality brush will feature interchangeable heads that can be replaced.

Choose a brush that is the appropriate size. A larger toothbrush head won’t clean more teeth at a time, it will just make it difficult to clean teeth in narrow areas of the mouth. Focus on brushing 2 teeth at a time, and choose a brush head in that width.

You will get what you pay for! Most economy priced electric brushes will not last as long or do a poorer job at removing plaque from the teeth. Consider looking up clinical studies on your top 3 brush picks, to see which one cleans the teeth best.

Do you want to be able to share the brush with another person? Some brands make interchangeable heads that can easily be switched out between siblings or spouses.

No matter how much you spend on an electric brush, you should be brushing for a minimum of two minutes twice a day. The brush doesn’t mean you can brush faster, it just means you’ll brush more efficiently!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics

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