Use a Power Toothbrush for the best Dental Health

  POWER   TOOTHBRUSHES contributed by Marie Staley RDH


The toothbrush has been around for nearly 5,000 years.  “Chew sticks,”

bone, wood, ivory and hog bristles all make up the far-reaching

history of this instrument of oral health.  The nylon bristled

toothbrush that we now use was invented in 1938.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing

twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between the

teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner daily.

In addition to your brushing technique, how often you brush,

the length of time you spend doing it, and the type

of toothbrush you use will directly affect how well plaque is

removed.  According to a 2005 independent study, power

toothbrushes with a rotation oscillation action removed more

plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual


The American Dental Association recommends brushing your

teeth for two minutes.  The average manual toothbrush use is about

30  to 45 seconds.    Power toothbrushes have timers to help you

keep track of how long  you are brushing each quadrant of your

mouth for a total of two minutes of brushing.

In addition, technology is featured in the brush heads, bristles and

handle designs, such as ergonomically designed handles and

tapered or angled brush heads.

Power toothbrushes provide the recommended action and

time needed for optimal cleaning, while you only need to guide it

along all surfaces of  your teeth and gums.


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