Many dentists, like Dr. Victor Siegel in Rockville, Maryland, have been recommending to their patients for years that the best way to clean your teeth at home is with a power toothbrush. However many people still have not made the switch from a manual toothbrush, despite the power toothbrush's safety and the studies showing that it is much more effective than the manual toothbrush at removing plaque. So, are you still holding on to your manual toothbrush? Let's talk about why you should make the switch!
- The main reason, of course, is that the power toothbrush simply does a better job of cleaning your teeth. Studies have shown that the power toothbrush has anywhere from a 10-49 percent improvement over the manual toothbrush in plaque removal.
- The power toothbrush is less likely to cause dental or gum injuries when being used because less force is needed for it to be effective.
- Although all patients would benefit from using a power toothbrush,there are specific patient groups who would find it to be of great assistance-people with impaired dexterity, orthodontic patients, patients with hard to access areas and periodontal patients.
- It is not necessary to purchase the most expensive power toothbrush available. Yes, those brushes will have all the bells and whistles, but the lower priced models can perform just as well.
If you have any questions about switching to a power toothbrush, please feel free to contact anyone at Dr. Siegel's office. Who knows, if you make the switch, you may even start brushing longer!