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Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better?

Since we’ve been young, we’ve been taught the importance of tooth and gum health. And, you’ve probably heard the hype – electric toothbrushes clean your teeth and gums better than your standard, disposable toothbrush. Learn the facts about the benefits of using an electric toothbrush.

Overall, electric toothbrushes do offer a better cleaning for your teeth.  The electric heads mimic more closely the tools used by your hygienist. However, you still need to keep up with your dental hygiene routine to ensure you’re getting the most out of your electric toothbrush. One study from the Journal of Periodontology, showed that brushing frequency actually decreased over time for those using an electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes tend to be a good solution for children, who may think using an electric toothbrush is fun and support better brushing habits. And, electric toothbrushes may be a good choice for those with braces as well, as they can better clean in and around all of the metal parts.

There are also some cons to electric toothbrushes.  Electric toothbrushes may give a false sense of accomplishment – making you feel like your teeth are clean even if they aren’t. They are also much more expensive.  An electric toothbrush can range from battery powered, starting at about $6 all the way up to $150 or more.

Most importantly, you should talk to your dentist.  If your dentist thinks you’re not removing enough plaque with a manual toothbrush, they may recommend you use an electric one. They will also show you the proper way to utilize your electric toothbrush and improve your dental habits. And, always look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval, which helps ensure the product is safe and effective. Ultimately, good brushing habits will help keep your teeth and gums healthy, but an electric toothbrush may be the best solution for helping you do so.

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