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New toothbrush designs can help as we grow older

Whether you’re a manual purist, or you prefer the technical attributes of an electric, the infinite number of specialty toothbrushes available these days can dazzle your mind like a just-whitened smile.

There are all kinds of oral health products available for many different purposes, but there’s a lot of innovation that has taken place in the toothbrush category, much of which is focused on our needs as we age.

Adapted handles and specialty grips

These have been created to meet the needs of people who have trouble gripping small objects or overall reduced dexterity.

Collis curve

The curved bristles of this brush allow both the inside and outside surfaces of the teeth to be brushed at the same time. This brush is particularly useful for people who have trouble opening their mouths widely.

Suction toothbrush

These toothbrushes have a suction machine attached and can allow a family member of other care provider to help someone older brush their teeth more easily and efficiently.

Electric wins for every age group

These are a great alternative for someone with physical limitations that affect brushing ability. But most dental professionals agree that the right electric toothbrush used properly is more effective than a manual brush for removing plaque – for all of us.  Here’s why:

  • Higher speeds and intricate motions of an electric toothbrush simply can’t be reproduced using a manual brush
  • Powered toothbrushes are proven to reduce plaque and gingivitis more than manual tooth brushing

Tests showed an 11% reduction in plaque at one to three months of electric toothbrush use, and a 21% reduction in plaque after three months of use. For gingivitis, there was a 6% reduction at one to three months and an 11% reduction after three months of use.

Ask Dr. Rey Martinez

If you or someone you know seems to be having difficulty undertaking proper dental care, there are many innovative products that can help. But start by consulting Grayslake Dentist Rey Martinez, your trusted oral health professional. He can discuss with you which aids may be best suited for you or a loved one’s needs.

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