March 23, 2011
The American Dental Association says that powered toothbrushes can be very effective. And for people with physical problems that make it hard to use their hands or arms to move a toothbrush around, electric toothbrushes can be a real help. Read more on why taking care of your teeth is important.
Both traditional toothbrushes and powered models are about the same in terms of cleaning power, the American Dental Association says. What really counts is that you use the toothbrush, and that you use it every day the way your dentist tells you. See how ordinary and powered toothbrushes differ.
Whether you choose a battery-powered toothbrush or an "elbow-powered" one, be sure to pick a brush you like and find easy to use. Then, you’re more likely to use it the way you’re supposed to: twice a day, and long enough to fully clean all of your tooth surfaces. And don’t forget to brush your tongue, too. It helps kill germs, which keeps breath fresh.
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