The act of brushing your teeth can get lost in the morning or evening routines, but the way you brush has a major impact on your oral health. Using an electric toothbrush can significantly improve these routines. Electric toothbrushes are more expensive compared to their manual counterparts, but the cost is worth the sacrifice to prevent bad breath, cavities and gum disease. Swapping your manual toothbrush for an electric one will improve your oral health in these three important ways:
- Better brushing technique
Equal pressure is vital to getting a deep clean when brushing. It’s hard to maintain even pressure on both sides of the mouth with a manual toothbrush because the side of the mouth on your non-dominant side (right or left-handed) does not get cleaned as well. With an electric toothbrush, the toothbrush does most of the work for you, allowing for more even brushing. Most electric toothbrushes also have a built-in timer, encouraging you to brush your teeth for the full recommended time.
- Makes brushing easier
Electric toothbrushes make it easy to brush hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Food caught between teeth is a major cause of bad breath and tooth decay, and electric toothbrush bristles are designed to better reach these areas to help eliminate odor and protect from cavities. Brushing your teeth with braces can be a hassle, but the rapid movement of the bristles makes brushing with braces easier and more effective.
- Makes brushing more fun
On top of a better clean, electric toothbrushes make brushing your teeth more fun. They are great for young children (take it from a pediatric dentist!) because it takes the once boring task of brushing your teeth and makes it a fun part of the morning and bedtime routine. The ease of use of an electric toothbrush makes it a good option for senior citizens as well, or anyone who wants a better clean with less effort.
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