Are Electric Toothbrushes Effective?
Brushing your teeth is vital when it comes to removing plaque. For many years, the only option for brushing your teeth was the manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes have been around for a while at this point, but are they also effective?
For the most part, electric toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque as long as they are used correctly. You place the electric toothbrush over the tooth you are trying to clean and then press the button that allows it to spin, as opposed to using the same technique of short, circular motions that is employed with a manual toothbrush. It has been found that for people who suffer from arthritis, electric toothbrushes can sometimes allow them to have more control over cleaning their teeth.
While there are some benefits associated with electric toothbrushes, there are also some risks involved with using them. There have been documented instances of parts of electric toothbrushes flying off during brushing, resulting in chipped teeth, eye injuries, or the part getting lodged in the throat. Cut lips and battery burns have also been reported. That is why it is highly recommended that you check your electric toothbrush for loose parts before using them.
As with any dental product, it is best to consult with your dentist before using an electric toothbrush. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is more than possible using a manual brush, but for some, electric toothbrushes may have some advantages. Just remember to be careful and to replace the head of your electric toothbrush every three months to be safe.
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