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Are Electric Toothbrushes Worth It?
Your toothbrush is an essential tool in your oral care arsenal. Choosing a toothbrush used to be a simple task, deciding between soft, medium, or hard bristles. Today, there are numerous options available, including electric toothbrushes. You hear a lot about electric toothbrushes.
Manual Vs. Electric Toothbrushes
Both manual and electric toothbrushes are designed to accomplish the same goals, eliminating plaque, bacteria, and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth, reducing your risk for tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Manual toothbrushes require you to actively work to achieve these goals. They can get the job done, but they require a bit more work. You also have to make sure that you actively brush for two full minutes.
An electric toothbrush provides you with a bit more power. They can cover a larger area faster, providing you with more strokes per minute than you can manage manually. The electric brush does the hard work for you, and many are even equipped with a timer. This ensures that you get your full two minutes every time.
For proper use, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle, 1/2 gum, 1/2 tooth, for about 4-5 seconds, while holding gently in the areas and not pressing hard on either the tooth or the gums.
The Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush
There are several benefits to using an electric toothbrush. These benefits include:
Are There Any Disadvantages?
While electric toothbrushes do have several significant benefits, there are also a few disadvantages as well.
Is an Electric Toothbrush Right for Me?
An electric toothbrush is a highly effective tool that helps to eliminate plaque and bacteria from your teeth. While you can still achieve good results with a manual brush, it requires a little more work, and you need to make sure that you do not brush too hard. Even with an electric toothbrush, it is still important that you brush twice daily, floss once a day, and still, have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months.
If you are interested in learning more about electric toothbrushes, and finding out if adding one to your oral care routine is worth it, call The Elmwood Dental Group LLC today at (860) 331-8748.