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How many times have you walked into the toothpaste and toothbrush isle at Target or Walmart and just stared at the wall of endless options? It can be so overwhelming as you try to make the best decision. Many of our patients ask about purchasing an electric brush because they have heard great things about them. While an electric brush MAY greatly increase your quality of oral hygiene, not all brushes are created equal. And while each persons needs are individualized, there is one brush we stand behind at our office. We gladly promote the use of the Sonicare electric brush and even sell them at our office for a great price!
Why Sonicare you may ask? Well, it is proven to remove as much as 5 to 7X the amount of plaque that a manual brush removes. It is extremely gentle on your gums and root surfaces that often show in areas of recession. It can aid in keeping stain away if you are prone to getting it, and it also has a 2 minute timer to help you complete the recommended amount of brushing time (no cheating!). It has a rechargeable battery and removable brush heads. This means that multiple family members can use the same unit. Just be sure to change the brush head for each person. They have handy color coated rings so you can tell which is yours.
Ask your Dental Hygienist for brush recommendations at your next visit to see if a Sonicare may be a good brush for you. And if you do purchase one, just remember that brush heads wear out and collect bacteria. They should be replaced about every 3 months.