Should I Switch To An Electric Toothbrush?


There is plenty of research which shows that it takes some diligence to establish a new habit. Furthermore, when that habit requires new equipment, there can also be a budgetary factor to overcome before the adoption of a new habit or behavior. The bottomline: change can be hard.  

But, while restructuring routines can be difficult, it can often be for the best. Switching to an electric toothbrush is one transition that is conducive to a multitude of benefits. If your Phoenix dentist has recommended that you start brushing with an electric toothbrush, here are just a few of the benefits you could experience once you’ve made use of this type of toothbrush a daily occurrence.

Benefits of using an electric toothbrush

  1. Your teeth will be cleaner. Clinical studies have shown that electric toothbrushes, which provide many more strokes across your teeth per minute than a manual brush, are effective at reducing the amount of bacterial plaque that forms on your teeth.
  2. Electric toothbrushes provide a boost to hand-powered brushing. If your Phoenix dentist has expressed concern about your ability to brush your teeth effectively due a condition that limits your dexterity (such as arthritis), they may suggest you switch to an electric model. This will make brushing less of a chore, and improve your oral health as well.
  3. Your brushing technique may improve. It’s not enough to simply brush your teeth twice a day – it also matters how long and how well you do it. Some electric toothbrushes provide options that can help you brush better, such as a timer that encourages you to brush for the recommended two minutes, or sound effects that alert you when you are brushing with too much force.

“Many of our patients benefit from changing to an electric toothbrush, and with price points from $10 to more than $100, there is one that will fit almost every budget,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a Phoenix cosmetic dentist with a practice in the Biltmore area. “It is well worth making the effort to change!”

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