Brushing with an electric toothbrush can make it easier for you to maintain proper oral hygiene and avoid dental problems. Many of these toothbrushes make use of oscillating-rotating technology, which is the key to their effectiveness, and they provide the actual movement while the user guides them. As a result, many people prefer using this kind of toothbrush, once they have learned the proper technique. If you decide to take this step, remember to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and be sure to change the brush head every three months.
Brushing the Right Way
To do a thorough job, brush your teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes and use a method recommended by your dentist. Your electric toothbrush may have a built-in two-minute timer, which will make it easier to keep track of what you are doing.
Note that you want to choose a toothbrush that is effective, easy for you to use, and has soft bristles. You also want it to be non-destructive, because brushing that is too enthusiastic can damage the enamel on your teeth. The toothbrush you select should be based on the status of your health, the amount of manual dexterity you possess, and the price of the brush you can afford. Your dentist can help you in determining the type of toothbrush that is best for you.
Numerous studies have been conducted to determine the ability of manual and electric toothbrushes to prevent or reduce the buildup of tartar and remove plaque, which lessens the possibility of gum disease. This research indicates that both are equally effective if they are used properly. For instructions on using a manual toothbrush, visit the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s website at http://www.adha.org/, and instructions for using an electric brush can be found on the product’s packaging.
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