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Making the Switch to an Electric Toothbrush

 

Remember when you switched from using a desktop computer to a laptop? Or from a digital to your phone’s camera? You probably did so because it was cost effective and loads more practical. Well, if you have been playing around with the idea of making the switch from a traditional to an electric toothbrush, we at Lifetime Family Dental think that’s a great idea! Here are 4 reasons why:

1. Your teeth get cleaner.  There is no doubt that an electric toothbrush cleans your teeth more effectively and efficiently. Most dentists can tell which patients use an electric brush and which ones brush manually due to drastically less plaque and tartar buildup on teeth, tongue, and gums.

2. It’s gentler on your gums. It can be tricky to get the proper angle and force that will gently clean your teeth and around your gum line when brushing manually. If you are already dealing with a receding gum line or gum disease, this is an even greater concern. With an electric toothbrush, you simply hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line and slowly work the different areas of your mouth. There isn’t even a need to draw circles!

3. Better all-over coverage. Certain spots in the back of your mouth or even the front ridge can be a challenge to clean properly. Because an electric toothbrush head rotates in a much more effective pattern than our hands can work, all you have to do is place the brush on the area that needs cleaning and the brush does the rest.

4. It’s timed, so you don’t have to think about it. Unless you are accustomed to setting a timer when you brush manually, then you are likely cutting your brush time short of the recommended two minutes. Most electric toothbrushes are preprogrammed to run for two minutes taking any guesswork out of the equation. And, you can easily multi-task while the brush does all the work!

In most scenarios, an electric toothbrush is going to keep your teeth and mouth the healthiest from one cleaning to the next. If you have any questions about sensitivities or whether an electric toothbrush would be right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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