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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
July 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Electric   Manuel  

Find out which toothbrush could best fit your dental needs.

When you wander down the oral care aisle of your local grocery store or drugstore, you may be surprised by all the different kinds of ToothBursh toothbrushes you have to choose from. Electric toothbrushes are certainly touted as giving the most thorough and effective teeth cleaning (aside from the powerful teeth cleaning your Bergen County, NJ dentist at Gentle Dentistry can give you, of course). So let's find out if this evidence is true, and discover which toothbrush will give you the healthiest smile.

Electric versus Manual: The Great Debate

Electric toothbrushes have certainly grown in popularity over the last few years. Some of these toothbrushes even offer fun designs and shapes to appeal to children. This may be enough for you to ask your Bergen County, NJ dentist if an electrical toothbrush is the best way to clean your smile.

We are here to tell you that research has not found electric toothbrushes to be more effective at cleaning teeth and gums than a manual toothbrush. The main factor in preventing cavities and tooth decay is how you brush your teeth. Since how you brush is key to a healthy smile, here are some things to consider before purchasing your next toothbrush:

Comfort: Some people, especially children, enjoy the fun vibrations of an electric toothbrush, which make them more likely to brush their teeth. If an electric toothbrush with fun colors or shapes gets your little one or even you to brush two times a day for two minutes each, then opt for that one.

Size: You also want to find a toothbrush head that is small enough to get into those hard-to-reach spots like behind those molars. For adults, this means you want to find a toothbrush that has a head no larger than a half-inch wide or one-inch tall.

Ease: Some patients with arthritis or other conditions that affect their dexterity may find it difficult to brush effectively with a traditional toothbrush. If this is the case, then it might be easier to opt for an electric toothbrush that does some of the work for you and can take pressure off sore muscles and joints.

Protection: Has your Bergen County, NJ dentist told you that you brush too hard? If so, you could be wearing away healthy enamel, which, over time, can cause some serious damage to your smile. Since electric toothbrushes already apply the necessary pressure, it might be safer on your smile to opt for this kind.

While at-home oral care is vitally important for healthy teeth and gums, it’s still just as important that you see your Bergen County, NJ dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. Only our specialized tools can remove tartar and plaque effectively. Call Gentle Dentistry today to schedule your next routine appointment.