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Is an Electric Toothbrush Right for Me?

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Smithfield-NC-Cosmetic-DentistDeciding if an electric toothbrush is right for you doesn’t have to be a difficult choice.  If you are unsure if an electric toothbrush is right for you, remember that you can talk to your dental hygienist or your Smithfield NC cosmetic dentist at your next appointment. As you browse though the selection in the drugstore aisles, consider your specific dental needs.

Are you a patient in orthodontics?  An electric toothbrush can be very beneficial to the orthodontic patient.  Braces and retainers provide many places for food debris and plaque to become trapped.  It is difficult while in orthodontics to remove the majority of plaque with manual tooth brushing and flossing alone.  An electric toothbrush can help to remove the plaque more effectively in about two minutes (the standard recommended brushing time). In fact, most electric toothbrushes have a timing system that guides you during the suggested amount of time for proper tooth brushing.

Patients who have crowns, bridges, or non-removable appliances may also benefit from an electric toothbrush.  Plaque is easily formed around these restorations and can be removed more efficiently with the use of an electric toothbrush.

Patients with dexterity problems often like ease of a power toothbrush.  The toothbrush handles are typically easier to hold and the circular brushing movement is not necessary.  Electric toothbrushes have different rotations of the head of the brush based upon the brand and make of the brush.  These movements do not need to be combined with those of manual brushing.  Patients who are older in age or those who are handicapped may be able to brush more effectively with less effort.

Proper home care is important to your oral health. If you do not have an established home care regimen speak with your cosmetic dentist in Smithfield today.  Finding the right toothbrush based upon your specific needs is certainly a personal choice, but you can trust your dentist to guide you in your decision.

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