When it comes to power toothbrushes, there’s a wide range of available features, including travel cases, timers, pressure sensors, oscillating brushes, rotating brushes, etc.
Not surprisingly, there’s also a wide range of prices for power toothbrushes. They start at about $6, but the prices quickly jump as high as $200 when you start adding all those fancy options. Here’s the breakdown on whether you should splurge for this high-tech dental tool.
The most important question about power toothbrushes is whether they work better than manual toothbrushes. The answer is a little bit complicated. Overall, people who use power toothbrushes have healthier smiles than people who use manual toothbrushes. But you can do just as good of a job of brushing with a manual toothbrush if you practice effective brushing habits.
It makes sense that people who use power brushes are more likely to take better care of their overall dental health. If you’re willing to invest in a power toothbrush, you’re also more likely to use the following effective brushing techniques: brushing twice a day, applying firm pressure, brushing all available surfaces of your teeth, brushing for at least two minutes, and replacing your toothbrush when bristles are frayed.
Of all the factors which determine how effective your brushing will be, the time you actually spend brushing is by far the most important. An article from review.com concludes “how you brush is more important than what you brush with.” That’s because “an electric toothbrush may not be worth the investment” if you’re already brushing thoroughly for at least two minutes every time you brush.
The most important feature on a power toothbrush is the timer that reminds people to brush for two minutes. Of course, you could just use a stopwatch. There are also several dental apps for kids that help remind them to brush all the sections of their smile while brushing for two minutes.
There are some cases where a power toothbrush is the best option. A lot of kids think it’s more fun to use a power toothbrush. And if that encourages your kids to brush longer, then a power toothbrush is certainly a good investment in their oral health. Power brushes are also a good idea for people who find it difficult to apply enough pressure on their own. For example, for people who “struggle with arthritis, a power toothbrush is probably a better choice.”
At Malden Dental, we provide a full array of dental services, including comprehensive hygiene services to keep you smile shining bright. We also offer several cosmetic procedures such dental implants to help you achieve the smile of your dreams . Call today to see what we can do for your smile.
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