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4 Surprising Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush

Dental experts and personal advocates of powered brushes will insist that they do a better job than manual toothbrushes.

But let’s look beyond the obvious claim that electric brushes remove more plaque. How else can they help you out?

  1. Brush Longer More Frequently

Face it: a new toy or gadget gives any boring task an edge of excitement. A powered brush could be what motivates you to brush when you would otherwise forget or ignore the chore.

Many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers to ensure you brush for the right amount of time. This psychologically locks you into keeping the brush in your mouth longer!

  1. Use Appropriate Pressure

When you brush with one hand, you might not realize that you’re probably brushing harder on one side of your mouth than the other. One side of your mouth is not being cleaned as well, and the clean side might even be prone to gum recession from rough brushing. Because an electric toothbrush does the work for you, your entire mouth gets an equal cleaning experience.

  1. Better for the Environment

Electric brushes are meant to last while the brush heads are replaceable. Rather than throwing out an entire toothbrush every 4 months, you can enjoy fresh brush head at same time, without paying for an entirely new brush.

  1. Have Arthritis? An Electric Toothbrush Can Help

Powered toothbrushes have large handles that are easy to grip. And because the bristles move, you don’t have to worry about manipulating the brush. Just aim it in the right direction and let it go to work.

Ask your dentist if an electric toothbrush is right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045


Is a Powered Toothbrush Better Than a Manual One?

Are all of those battery-powered brushes just sales gimmicks? Or do they actually give you an advantage in keeping your smile healthy?

The answer might surprise you!

Technique is the Key

No matter which kind of brush you use, it can be useless if you aren’t applying it properly. Whether you use a manual brush or powered, you need to make sure you hit the following areas:

  • Chewing surfaces
  • Inner gum line
  • Outer gum line
  • Behind the front teeth

Any Benefit in Powered Brushes?

Powered brushes are great if you have a problem that prevents you from comfortably using a manual toothbrush. The automated buzzing can help blast away plaque as long as you place it correctly.

Using an electric toothbrush can be helpful if you experience conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Undergoing orthodontic treatment

Powered toothbrushes designed for kids can be excellent training tools. Most include a timer to help kids brush for a sufficient amount of time. Some children do better about brushing when they know they have a cool toy to use!

The One You’ll Use is Right for You

The bottom line is this: the best toothbrush is the one that encourages you to brush your teeth every day.

Some folks hate the vibrating sensation of a powered brush. Other people love the extra-clean feeling that motion provides. It’s up to you! If a powered brush will improve your brushing experience by making it easier, then that’s right for you.

Get personalized advice on your dental care by visiting your local dental office. Your dental hygienist can help you analyze and adjust your brushing technique and recommend the tools you need. Call your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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