Electric Toothbrush – How It Protects My Teeth

Cosmetic_DentistMany of us use power tools when we’re doing home improvement projects, because they allow us to get the task done faster or better than using hand-powered tools. For similar reasons, your cosmetic dentist may recommend you try an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth.

Electric toothbrushes have been around since 1960, but early models were clunky and expensive. Within the last 15 years, technology has improved to the point where there are easy-to-use models at a variety of price points.

One of the biggest advantages of using an electric toothbrush is that it can provide 3,000 to 7,500 rotating motions per minute while you are brushing, compared to just 300 rotating motions per minute when you are using a manual toothbrush. Cosmetic dentists have long recommended the use of electric toothbrushes to the elderly, those with compromised hand dexterity, or patients with extensive dental restorations in their mouth. However, research now supports the use of electric toothbrushes by the general public, as studies have shown that they are as effective at removing plaque (and in some cases more effective) as manual toothbrushes, and are no more likely to cause injury to the gums or teeth.

No matter what sort of toothbrush you choose, your brushing technique can have a significant impact on how successfully it will help you keep your mouth healthy. Use circular motions on each tooth as you brush, spend two to three minutes on your teeth each time you brush, and brush twice daily – especially right before bed, so that plaque doesn’t stay on your teeth overnight.

“Just as most of us would choose to use an electric buffer to polish our car because of the ease of use it represents, using electric toothbrushes can make your daily oral health care routine easier and more effective,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist who practices in Phoenix.

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