Power toothbrushes come with all sorts of fancy features and gadgets. It can get pretty confusing for consumers to figure out if they really need a toothbrush with vibrating brushes, oscillating brushes, timers, pressure sensors, a travel case, rechargeable batteries, etc. A basic power toothbrush can go for as little as $6. But when you throw in a bunch of extras, the cost can skyrocket over $200.
But here’s the interesting thing–research indicates that most people can do just as good of a job protecting their smiles with a manual toothbrush as long as they follow effective brushing habits.
How to Brush Your Teeth
Let’s review the most effective habits for brushing your teeth. First, you need to remember to brush twice a day. This rule might have changed since you were a kid. That’s because it’s been determined that brushing three times a day can damage the enamel on your teeth.
When brushing, it’s important to apply firm and steady pressure. You don’t want to press too hard, and some power brushes feature a sensor to let you know if you’re applying the optimum amount of pressure. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums and thoroughly brush all the available surfaces of your teeth. You should make sure to brush all the sections of your mouth and brush for a total of two minutes.
Use soft-bristled brushes and always replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles are frayed. Older kids and adults should choose a toothpaste containing fluoride. But for children under 6, consult with Dr. Munro about when they should begin using fluoridated toothpaste.
How You Brush is More Important than What You Use
You can do just as good a job brushing with a manual toothbrush as you can with a power toothbrush when you use effective techniques. Studies indicate that people who choose power toothbrushes get better results than people who use manual brushes. But the data demonstrates that this is because people who invest in power toothbrushes are more likely to take better care of their teeth.
The single most important factor in effective brushing is the amount of time a person spends brushing. Many power brushes contain timers to remind people to brush for two minutes, and for many people this could be the most important feature of a power toothbrush.
When a Power Brush is the Better Choice
Power toothbrushes are often the best option for people who can’t apply enough pressure on their own due to mobility issues such as arthritis. Also, a lot of kids think it’s more fun to brush with a power toothbrush. And a power toothbrush with a timer is a good investment if it helps kids remember to spend enough time brushing.
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