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Are Powered Toothbrushes the Best Answer for Everyone


Posted on 11/15/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Are Powered Toothbrushes the Best Answer for EveryoneThere are very few one-size-fits-all solutions out there. Even the great Albert Einstein failed in coming up with a credible Unified Theory that would suffice to explain different concepts.

Given this understanding, can we really consider electric toothbrushes to be the best solution for all? Maybe there are people who are better served by manual toothbrushes.

Are Powered Toothbrushes a Good Idea for Everybody?

The question is best answered by considering scenarios where powered toothbrushes may not be such a good idea. One of the big drawbacks with electric toothbrushes is that they cost too much, sometimes ten times as much as a regular toothbrush. The brush heads need to be replaced regularly. That's a recurring cost. You need to remember to recharge the brushes; the cycle of recharging depends on the model and frequency of use.

Brushing your teeth with electric toothbrushes requires some relearning. You need to apply less pressure and the motions involved too will change depending on whether the brush uses a rotary head, sonic or ultrasonic technology. You have to get used to the vibrations and the generation of saliva.

It is easy to apply more pressure than required. The harm this does to the gums may not be immediately apparent, but over time gums may recede, exposing teeth and weakening them. Powered toothbrushes are not advisable for small children. A five-year old can be taught to handle one, but a three-year old may end up with damage to the gums. These brushes use delicate circuitry and need to be handled with care. A damaged toothbrush is a bit of a financial setback. Powered toothbrushes are slightly bulkier and travelers may actually prefer manual toothbrushes.

Electric toothbrushes are here to stay, and have proven advantages. If you wish to learn more how you can preserve and enhance oral health with powered toothbrushes, we can help you with the right information. Find out if electric toothbrushes are a good idea for you. Call us today.


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