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For many choosing a toothbrush is often the first step toward maintaining dental health.  Important factors to consider when choosing a toothbrush include the softness of the bristles and the size of the toothbrush head.  However more powered toothbrushes are appearing on the market giving consumers and patients a greater variety of toothbrushes to choose from.  Many patients want to know if a manual toothbrush or a powered toothbrush is the right choice for them.  Here is some information to take into consideration when deciding if you will use a manual or powered toothbrush to maintain the health of your smile.

  • Powered toothbrushes get anywhere between 6,000 and 30,000 strokes per minute.  Because they generate so many many strokes per minute, powered toothbrushes clean thoroughly when used properly.
  • For those who tend to brush vigorously, a powered tooth may be a good option for you.
  • It is recommended that you brush for two minutes.  If you purchase an electric toothbrush, many of them have a timer on it, which makes it easier to ensure that you spend two minutes brushing your teeth.
  • If you have limited mobility and/or arthritis, a powered toothbrush may make it easier to clean all of the surfaces of your teeth.
  • If you have sensitive gums and teeth, you may not like the vibrations of the powered toothbrush against your gums.  So, a manual toothbrush is probably the best option for you.

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