The Power of An Electric Toothbrush

Hayward CA DentistsWhen it comes to your dental hygiene routine, there are countless options to choose from, including varieties of floss, mouth rinses and toothpastes. However, patients can also choose between a good old-fashioned manual toothbrush and a more "energized" electric toothbrush. If you've never tried the powered version, you may be surprised at how much you like the upgrade. Although electric toothbrushes are more expensive and require some charging, the pros outweigh the cons.

More Effective
With a manual toothbrush, an average patient can complete 300 strokes per minute. However, an electric toothbrush clocks in about 7,500 to 30,000 strokes per minute depending on the make and model. More strokes equals less plaque buildup when your brushing session is done. In addition, the built-in timer on an electric toothbrush will help you stick to your task until the recommended two minutes is up.

Better Pressure
It is very common for manual toothbrush users to brush too hard (which can harm the gums and enamel) or brush too soft (which won't clean your teeth effectively). By switching to an electric model, you can be confident that the pressure is just right for a thorough cleaning that also protects your smile.

Easy to Handle
Children as well as senior adults can have a challenging time maintaining the dexterity it takes to brush their teeth. This can be due to arthritis, a handicap or just lack of coordination at a young age. Electric toothbrushes are perfect for those that need an easier and less hassle method of brushing.

In reality, the toothbrush you should choose is the one that you will actually use. Many dentists recommend electric toothbrushes, not because they are necessarily better than a manual brush, but because they make it easier for patients to keep their teeth in top condition. It is more in the way you use your toothbrush – so whether you pick a powered version or traditional model is ultimately up to you.

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Hayward, CA 94545
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