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Does Electric Toothbrush Cause Tooth Damage

June 10, 2010

Electric ToothbrushElectric toothbrushes can damage your teeth, but not simply because they are electric. The temptation that many people using electric toothbrushes face is to push too hard with their brushes. Combine this with a stiff-bristled brush, and you are setting yourself up for damage.

If you want to use an electric toothbrush, talk to Dr. Grabiak about the proper use. Purchase a toothbrush with a soft bristled head, and avoid putting excess pressure on the teeth while you brush. Instead, allow the movement of the toothbrush to do the work, and allow the soft bristles to massage your teeth. Your hand should not push against the toothbrush, but instead should simply guide and steady it while you brush. You do not need to make any “scrubbing” motions with your toothbrush, because it will do this on its own.

Why is this so important? If you are too rough with your teeth when you are brushing them, you can actually scratch and damage the enamel on your teeth. Once the enamel is damaged, it cannot be restored. You are putting your teeth at risk for disease and sensitivity issues if you allow the enamel to be damaged in this way.

If you have further questions about the safety of electric toothbrushes, bring your electric toothbrush to your next dental checkup. Dr. Grabiak will help you determine whether or not you are using it safely. If you are not, he will show you how to use it properly to avoid damaging your teeth.

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