Are Electric Brushes Better for My Oral Health?

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Electric toothbrushes are high-tech and, of course, more expensive than manual toothbrushes. But does that make them necessarily better? Here’s what you should know about electric toothbrushes.

So What Exactly is An Electric Toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes are battery-operated or rechargeable toothbrushes that move in rapid circles on their own to deliver a powerful but easy brushing experience. Some are even similar to the tools your dental hygienist uses to polish your teeth! They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and functionalities, depending on your needs and budget. Most have timers that let you know how long to brush for. Some coach you on the amount of pressure to apply on your gums to keep them safe and healthy. Others remind you to brush in those hard-to-reach areas. Dentists highly recommend patients use electric toothbrushes because they are simple to use and effective at maintaining outstanding oral health.

Who Can Benefit from An Electric Toothbrush?

As any dentist will tell you, it doesn’t matter how often you brush if your technique isn’t correct. When using a manual soft-bristled toothbrush, you may not be brushing your teeth using gentle, tiny circles to lift away the plaque for two minutes each time every time you brush; you may be brushing too vigorously and eroding your enamel! An electric toothbrush will ensure you are actually brushing the way Dr. Moore instructs you to do with very little effort on your part. They are also fantastic for young and elderly patients!

The Price of Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes can be expensive, but think about how much money you might have to spend in the future on costly cosmetic or restorative procedures if your oral hygiene suffers with improper technique sticking with a manual toothbrush now! Electric brushes may be clunky to travel with, but some come with sleek chargers to make it easier for frequent travelers. You can also carry a manual toothbrush when you travel and leave your electric one at home.

Ask us for recommendations!

If you’re ready to switch to an electric toothbrush, our team at Springs Village Dentistry can help you choose the right one for your budget and needs. Contact us to schedule a checkup today to get started!

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