Teeth are so important to us and taking care of them is what really matters the most. Brushing the teeth at least twice a day, both in the morning and at night, helps our teeth to stay healthy. In fact, a healthy mouth also leads to a healthy body since poor oral hygiene has been linked to serious and potentially life-threatening health issues, including heart disease, stroke, etc. So you want to try your best to stick to a good oral hygiene routine that benefits your teeth and your body.
Finding the Toothbrush For You:
For many individuals, either with disability, arthritis, or a limited range of motion, you may be trying to practice a healthy oral hygiene routine, but it may be extremely difficult to keep up with. The truth is a manual toothbrush is just simply difficult to maneuver if dexterity is decreased. Luckily, there are toothbrushes on the market that makes tooth brushing easier for individuals that may find themselves in this boat—Electric toothbrushes.
Electric toothbrushes are much more prevalent today on the market than they were in the past. There are many different companies coming out with different versions of electric toothbrushes, but the two most popular on the market are the Oral-B electric toothbrush and the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush. What is great about both electric toothbrushes is that it does the brushing for you. With a manual toothbrush you have to manually move the brush back and forth along the teeth, but with the electric you do not have to do this. Simply, the bristles move so quickly with the electric toothbrush that you just place the brush overtop the tooth and leave it there for a couple seconds until you move to the next tooth. Patients with arthritis may find an electric toothbrush much less painful.
Where to get an Electric Toothbrush:
Commonly, dental offices display electric toothbrushes in their offices. They may have the Oral-B electric toothbrush, Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush, or even both on display and for purchase in their office. Ask the dentist which electric toothbrush they would recommend that best suits your needs.
If you are currently looking for a different type of toothbrush to make brushing easier, contact Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today for recommendations. We would be more than happy to provide any insight to find a toothbrush that best fits your current needs.