The Electric Toothbrush, Is It Best?

The manual toothbrush that resembles many brushes on the shelf today was created around the 1930’s. Though brush styles have been modified manual brushes have been around for a long time. A common question we receive at Dentistry at Rea Village is always referred back to the need for an electric toothbrush.

Honestly brushing with any soft bristled brush is certainly better than nothing. Our hygienists along with many typically recommend electric toothbrushes for many patients. The reasons for referral can include for those patients with gum recession. We know receding gums can be a direct result of aggressive brushing. If you have aggressive brushing habits an electric toothbrush might be great for you. The reason is you hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line and let the brush do the work. This can help assure that aggressive “scrub” brushing is not taking place.

Children also love electric toothbrushes, and many companies now offer styles that fit their smaller mouths. These most often have timers that help encourage a full 2 minute brushing that is recommend. They also can be easier to hold and some even make a noise to let the child know it’s time to brush another area of the mouth.

Electric toothbrushes have pros and cons although we have to say we recommend them for many our patients. Like most home care regimens an electric toothbrush is something some just have to try for themselves. If you are wanting suggestions to improve your oral care ask your dentist at your next dental appointment.

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