There are two types of toothbrushes on the market today. Both assist in accomplishing great oral health. Manual toothbrushes do not require batteries, and are available in a variety of designs and styles. An electric toothbrush requires individual batteries, or some type of battery charging system. Another feature of an electric brush is the availability of both soft and firm bristles. The brush heads can be easily replaced when the bristles are worn.
Electric toothbrushes are beneficial for several reasons.
- Remove stains and plaque more effectively. Although a manual brush can accomplish this task, electric toothbrushes remain in a constant circular motion. They also apply an equal amount of pressure to the teeth and gums. Electric brushes remove bacteria that collect on the teeth, which can eventually cause tooth decay or loss. Some electric brushes also have the ability to rotate in different directions, which offers even greater benefit. Because electric toothbrushes are efficient at removing bacteria which also prevents oral plaque build up, they tend to result in less invasive dental cleaning procedures as well.
- Get kids excited about oral hygiene. Once the excitement of learning how to brush is over, children tend to lose interest in this necessary part of accomplishing great dental health. There are many designs available that are kid friendly that feature popular cartoon characters or funky designs. Some companies also offer electric brushes with built-in music. The music shuts off when the recommended brushing time set by professional dentists has been met. Most children view an electric brush as being more grown-up and feel proud to use one.
- Easy to use at any age. Electric brushes are usually started by gently touching a button or switch. Many are also lightweight, which allows those with arthritis to operate the brush effortlessly. Some arthritis sufferers also experience jaw pain and often hesitate to brush, which can lead to poor oral health. Several companies design brushes that are thinner, which allows effective brushing without the need to open the mouth so wide. In general, electric brush handles are wider, which makes them easier to grip.
If you are considering purchasing an electric toothbrush, ask Dr.Band for a recommendation!
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