If it’s time to replace your toothbrush, don’t assume that everything with bristles does the same job – according to a comprehensive new study, investing in an electric toothbrush is better for your long-term oral health than manual brushing. Read on to find out why. 
Electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque 
Electric toothbrushes – especially those with oscillating heads (heads that rotate in both directions) – are more effective at removing plaque than manual brushes. They move at a faster speed than your hand can, providing a deeper clean and removing more of the food debris left in your mouth after eating. Recent study results found that people who use electric toothbrushes had 22% less gum recession and 18% less tooth decay throughout an 11-year period. 
Electric toothbrushes do the work for you 
Not sure whether you’re brushing too hard? Can’t remember how long you’re supposed to brush for? Many electric toothbrushes feature a pressure indicator light to let you know when you’re pushing too hard while you brush and have a timer to make sure you brush for a full two minutes every time. 
Electric toothbrushes can help people with limited mobility 
Because electric toothbrushes do most of the work, they are helpful for elderly people with mobility issues or those with conditions such as carpal tunnel or arthritis. Children can also benefit from using electric brushes – not only do they assist with youngsters’ limited hand coordination, many junior brushes have features such as flashing lights, stickers, and music that make brushing more fun. If you’re struggling to get your child into a proper brushing routine, the friendly dental therapy team here at Park Dental Care can give you some helpful tips during your regular hygiene appointment. 
Electric brushes make life easier for people with orthodontic appliances 
Cleaning your teeth can be tricky and time consuming with braces – if you are having difficulty cleaning your teeth during orthodontic treatment you may find that switching to an electric toothbrush makes life easier and cleans more effectively than a manual brush. Electric brushes are also great at cleaning removable braces and bite-guards. 
Prevention is better than cure 
Whether you are using an electric or manual toothbrush, following an effective oral health routine is vital for your long-term dental health. In addition to brushing for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing (or using an interdental brush) once a day, keeping regular appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist will ensure your mouth stays healthy. The expert team at Park Dental Care provide a holistic approach to the health of your mouth and can advise you on all aspects of dentistry, from oral hygiene to cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening and veneers. 
To book your next dental appointment, contact one of our helpful team members today. 
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