Are electronic toothbrushes worth all of the hype? The answer is yes! While there are various designs, brush types, movements and sizes, electronic toothbrushes can greatly increase the plaque removal levels during your routine home care compared to a manual toothbrush.
Electric brushes make hundreds to thousands of strokes or vibrations per second. Compare that to how many strokes you make back and forth with a manual brush, and the reasons why electric toothbrushes are better is clear.
Patients that have added oral hygiene concerns such as those who wear orthodontics, oral appliances or have prosthetics such as implants or dental bridges, electric toothbrushes can make a tremendous impact on the amount of plaque that builds up in hard-to-reach areas.
You should brush your teeth for a minimum of 2 minutes, twice each day. Many electric brushes have built in timers that remind you how long to brush. With the added irrigation, stimulation and brush strokes, 2 minutes of electric brushing can keep a mouth much healthier than using a manual brush for the same amount of time.
Everyone can benefit from using an electric toothbrush. Even if you don’t have any oral hygiene concerns whatsoever, using a high quality electric brush can help stimulate your gums and promote better gum health, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth loss. It’s estimated that 9 out of 10 adults have some form of gingivitis. With proper brushing and an electric toothbrush, and flossing, most of these people could easily help eliminate their symptoms on their own.
The right electric toothbrush can be one of the best investments that you ever make for your teeth. Talk to your dentist about which brush is right for you!
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