The importance of brushing teeth twice each day cannot be overstated. The frequency is important, but so is the quality of the brushing. The goals are to make sure you clean those hard-to-reach spots, and to brush long enough to get teeth really clean. Using an electric toothbrush is a great way to reach those goals. Here are 4 things to know about electric toothbrushes:
1. While a regular toothbrush can do the job as well as an electric toothbrush if used the correct way, many people don't brush for the recommended two minutes. An electric toothbrush can clean a larger surface area on the teeth in a shorter amount of time, and with more power. Brushing by hand uses approximately 300 strokes each minute. A powered toothbrush can create thousands of strokes per minute.
2. Electric toothbrushes are easier to use for certain people, especially those who have trouble using their hands. Many children prefer electric toothbrushes simply because they're fun and easy to use. Teens and adults with braces have an easier time cleaning around the metal. Elderly people may have an easier time brushing with an electric toothbrush, too.
3. There are several types of electric toothbrushes. Rotary heads move in a circular motion at 3,000 - 7,500 strokes per minute. Sonic toothbrushes use a side-to-side motion at about 30,000 strokes per minute. Ultrasonic brushes also move side-to-side, creating fast vibrations to dislodge plaque. Ionic brush heads don't move, but attract plaque to the bristles with a low electric current.
4. Some electric toothbrushes have built-in timers and sensors that let you know if you're brushing too hard. Others use Bluetooth to send data about your brushing habits to your phone.
Whichever toothbrush you choose, make sure it has the American Dental Association's Seal of Approval. Brush twice each day for two minutes each time.
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