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Using an Electric Toothbrush

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There can be a lot of confusion about how to use an electric toothbrush, (we recommend the Sonicare) so here are a few tips:

Selecting the size-appropriate brush head is important. If you have a small mouth or hard to reach corners, consider using a smaller head. Larger brush heads aren’t better if they don’t fit. Always choose a soft bristle brush. Medium bristles are too abrasive and can damage the teeth and gums.

While brushing, direct the bristles toward the gumline at a forty-five degree angle and let the electric brush do the work for you. No more hand scrubbing! Just walk the brush along the gumline. If it feels like a gum massage, then you know you’re doing it right.

Use the brush for the full two minute cycle, morning and night. Patients who follow this regimen get the best results. I don’t have to work so hard to clean their teeth and they notice their appointments are shorter and easier. I wish all my patients used the Sonicare.

Electric toothbrushes don’t take the place of daily dental floss. They go hand in hand. However, electric brushes really do make a difference to the health and overall plaque levels in the mouth. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us at your next appointment and we’d be happy to give you a demonstration.

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