Although a soft-bristled, manual toothbrush is perfectly fine for maintaining good oral health (provided that you brush at least twice a day followed by flossing at least once daily), mechanical toothbrushes have become increasingly popular.

During your regular dental check-ups, Phoenix dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox can answer your questions about the best toothbrushes for your unique oral health needs, and help you determine if a mechanical toothbrush is right for you.

Mechanical toothbrushes can function just as effectively as traditional toothbrushes when they are used properly. With mechanical toothbrushes, it’s important to ensure you cover all of the surface areas of your teeth sufficiently; because the cleaning bristles of electric toothbrushes move automatically, many people who use them don’t forget to devote enough time to thorough brushing.

Mechanical toothbrushes can be especially useful for those who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, which affects their dexterity and ability to maneuver a manual toothbrush effectively. Like regular toothbrushes, mechanical toothbrushes come in different styles.

Some electric toothbrushes are billed as “sonic,” and their bristles vibrate in a side-to-side motion. Other mechanical toothbrushes feature spinning bristle heads that alternate their rotations while brushing.

Mechanical toothbrushes can be expensive—some are more than $100. If you’re considering a mechanical toothbrush, it’s advisable to check product reviews or ask Dr. Wilcox and choose one that you’ll feel comfortable using long-term.

If you would like to learn more about choosing the right toothbrush for you or schedule your regular dental exam, please contact Desert Smiles. We welcome patients from the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria and Glendale, Arizona, areas.

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