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Health

Electric Toothbrushes Can Maximize Oral Health

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If used correctly, a manual toothbrush will do a fine job cleaning your teeth and gums.  But if you’re looking for a way to maximize your dental health, consider using an electric toothbrush.  Electric toothbrushes offer a variety of benefits, including highly effective plaque removal.

Sonic electric toothbrushes have long brush heads that vibrate extremely rapidly, up to 40,000 strokes per minute.  This tends to be less irritating to the gums, but causes some users to feel a tickle in the teeth.  Oscillating electric toothbrushes vibrate a bit slower, so there’s less of a tickle.  The round heads rotate back and forth, averaging about 8,000 strokes per minute.  Brushing manually only utilizes about 300 strokes per minute; the additional stokes provided by electric toothbrushes can clean teeth a lot more thoroughly.

A good electric toothbrush will be gentle on teeth and gums, and will help improve your brushing technique.  Some models offer a pressure sensor that lets you know if you’re brushing too hard, which can cause gum irritation and bleeding, eventually leading to receding gums.  You can also receive an alert if brush strokes are too wide, a common mistake many people make when brushing.

A two-minute timer is a must-have, to make sure you’re spending enough time brushing.  A quad-pacer will split the session into 30-second intervals, so you know when to switch to another area of your mouth.  A rechargeable battery is another great feature that saves time and money by not requiring traditional battery replacement.

Some models even offer bluetooth connectivity and phone apps to track brushing habits.  This is great for children; the apps make brushing fun, which helps extend the length of time they spend brushing, leading to cleaner and healthier teeth.  Your dentist can help you select the electric toothbrush that will work best for you and your family.  For more information, please contact:

 

Webster Cosmetic Dentistry, Ltd.

1121 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515

630-663-0554

www.websterdds.com