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8 Reasons Why You Should Be Using an Electric Toothbrush

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Proper brushing technique and flossing will always be important factors in the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. But did you know that your choice of toothbrush can make a big difference as well?

Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are superior to manual toothbrushes for many reasons, and can help anyone have great oral health with less effort.

 

Below are 8 ways electric toothbrushes can provide great dental hygiene:

 

  1. Electric Toothbrushes are Efficient—

With rapidly spinning bristles, electric toothbrushes offer the kind of speed and power during brushing it would take a manual toothbrush much longer to produce, and would require extreme physical exertion from the human holding it. This means a more detailed cleaning is done in less time, which is always a good thing.

 

  1. Electric Toothbrushes are Thorough—

Because they are able to get behind molars, between teeth and gums, and into tight, awkward spaces between teeth while spinning, electric toothbrushes can make hard-to-reach places cleaner than traditional toothbrushes, preventing plaque build-up and cavities.

 

  1. Electric Toothbrushes are Professional—

Because they are so efficient at cleaning teeth, many people equate the feeling after using an electric toothbrush to the smooth, extra-clean way their teeth feel after a professional cleaning. Many dentists recommend them to patients for this reason, as less plaque build-up makes their job easier during routine cleanings.

 

  1. Electric Toothbrushes are Therapeutic—

Because they are similar to the sensation of professional dental cleaning tools, using an electric toothbrush can help desensitize a nervous patient to the whirring and scrubbing feelings that cause anxiety during routine cleanings.

Getting used to a motorized cleaning device in their mouth with an electric toothbrush can also be helpful for getting children ready for the tooth-polishing process at the end of dental cleanings, as well as helping them clean their teeth faster.

 

  1. Electric Toothbrushes are Environmentally Sound—

While they tend to be larger than manual toothbrushes, they don’t need to be thrown away as often, making electric toothbrushes a green choice for any consumer. Many brands even come with replaceable heads to reduce waste, and electrical plug-in chargers to eliminate the need for batteries.

 

  1. Electric Toothbrushes Cause Less Pain—

For those with arthritis, pulled or strained muscles, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other ailments that cause arm or shoulder pain, having a toothbrush that does all the twisting, turning and brushing for the user can be a wonderful thing.

 

  1. Electric Toothbrushes Remove Stains—

Because of the extremely in-depth way they clean teeth—with hundreds of rotations impossible to simulate with a manual brush—electric toothbrushes have been shown to be very effective at removing wine, coffee and cigarette stains when manual toothbrushes aren’t helping.

 

  1. Electric Toothbrushes are Gentle on Gums—

One of the biggest mistakes made by manual toothbrush users is brushing too hard, or with an improper technique, which can damage the gums and cause them to permanently recede over time. Electric toothbrushes, however, provide just the right amount of pressure to massage the gums in a healthy manner while still removing bacteria.

It is very common for dentists to notice an improvement in gum tissue when patients switch from manual to electric toothbrushes, as well as enamel improvement, as brushing too hard can also damage the surface of the teeth.

 

 

Clinical studies have proven that in only 2 minutes, electric toothbrushes clean away more plaque and bacteria than manual toothbrushes can remove in 6 minutes. When The American Dental Association asked 16,000 patients to use electric toothbrushes instead of manual in a trial, 80% of the patients reported improved oral hygiene and dental health simply because of the change in type of toothbrush.

Join the many people enjoying positive dental check-ups, less plaque build-up, whiter teeth and fresher breath, and try out an electric toothbrush today. Your gums and teeth will thank you.

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5 Fabulous Reasons for Dental Implants

 

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We all experience bone loss as we get older, but unfortunately when we lose a tooth, bone loss occurs much more rapidly if we don’t replace the missing tissue. In the same way that weight-bearing exercises stimulate bone growth and increase bone mineral density in our other bones, the pressure applied to teeth when we chew stimulates the jawbone and keeps it strong.

In the empty space where a tooth used to be, the jaw receives no stimulation, and bone resorption will soon begin, essentially dissolving the solid matter below the gap in the gum line. The good news is that this disuse atrophy can be easily prevented with a bone graft or dental implant.

With that most important dental implant benefit in mind, here are 5 more great reasons dental implants are important:

 

  1. Preserved Self-Esteem—

Dental implants can maintain your face shape by keeping your jaw in solid condition, helping you look younger in the process.

Having a missing tooth can also undermine your self-confidence, making you feel less attractive than when you had a full mouth of teeth. A dental implant can give you back your confident smile and make you feel better about yourself.

 

  1. Increased Comfort—

When you remove a tooth and don’t hold the space with a dental implant or bone graft, the other teeth in your mouth may start to move out of place, giving you an improper or crooked bite. This can make chewing and eating uncomfortable, and can even affect your speech.

A proper bite is also important for muscle tone and alignment, making dental implants necessary for maintaining your facial muscles after the loss of a tooth.

 

  1. Maximum Durability—

Once you start losing teeth, if you don’t replace them with dental implants or bone grafts, you have officially started down the treacherous path to jawbone loss and possibly dentures.

A dental implant can halt this process before it even begins, preserving your jaw and the rest of your teeth with a replacement that will most likely last more than 20 years.

Many people lose a tooth and skip the replacement dental implant to save money without realizing they are actually costing themselves money in the long run after bone resorption and further tooth loss inevitably follow. And unlike dentures, bone implants are permanent, minimizing maintenance trips to and from your dentist.

 

  1. Gastrointestinal Benefits—

The mouth is where the lengthy process of food digestion begins, starting with the enzyme production that helps us digest our food and remove valuable nutrients when we chew.

When you remove one piece of the puzzle by not replacing a missing tooth, you make chewing more difficult, which in turn makes it harder for your body to process the food you eat. This poor digestion can affect the sufferer in different ways, such as malnutrition, indigestion, constipation, bloating, gas and heartburn.

 

  1. Oral Health Maintenance—

Having a missing tooth makes a person more prone to gum disease, in addition to causing the other teeth in the mouth to shift and move out of place.

But if you fill the missing spot with a dental implant, the enamel and structural integrity of the surrounding teeth is completely maintained. This is because a dental implant stands alone and doesn’t require the grinding or alteration of other teeth to support it.

 

Your dentist will do everything possible to save your teeth, but sometimes tooth loss is an unfortunate fact of life. Thanks to dental implants, tooth loss no longer has to mean jawbone resorption, and the inevitable negative side-effects it can cause.

So if you happen to lose a tooth, don’t worry; just be sure to preserve your self-esteem and health by getting a dental implant.