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Did you know that maintaining your oral hygiene could be the most important thing you can do for your oral health—arguably even more important than visiting your dentist. Please don’t misunderstand; you still need to visit your dentist regularly, about once every six months.

But, if you struggle to brush or floss, what should you do? One important thing you can do is weigh the benefits and drawbacks of using manual and electric tools.

For many people, powered and manual options tend to work about as well, but there are times when powered options are better. For instance, an electric toothbrush may be better for individuals with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to use your hands. Similarly, if you have braces, an electric toothbrush may work better for you. Finally, we recommend using a manual toothbrush if you find them more comfortable. If you are more comfortable when you are for your smile, you’re more likely to brush for the recommended two minutes.

Again, a water pick might be better than losing for you if you have problems with your hand or struggle to maneuver floss in your mouth. This tool literally sends a stream of water to clean the plaque between your teeth and remove debris. Many people find it easier to reach the back of their smile with a water pick, and some people find this tool refreshing.

Really, when you clean your smile, you should consider your comfort. If you find that an electric toothbrush or a water pick are more comfortable, feel free to use them. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you.