Power toothbrushes can help increase the effectiveness of your at-home oral hygiene routine. While certainly not necessary for optimal oral health, the power supplied by these toothbrushes is frequently more effective at eliminating plaque, reducing tartar build-up, and keeping the teeth whiter and brighter than manual alternatives. However, when it comes to harmful germs, there may be some concern over which type of power toothbrush you use.

A new study published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene has found that power toothbrushes with hollow heads carry up to 3,000 times the bacterial growth of their solid-headed counterparts. Some of this bacteria is linked to systemic illness and disease, which makes its prevalence on hollow-headed toothbrushes very worrisome indeed.

Few power toothbrushes distinguish between solid and hollow-heads on their packaging, which makes doing research important to avoid the more bacteria-prone varieties. To simplify things, Fairfax dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban would be happy to make suggestions as to which type of toothbrush can best meet your needs and reduce cross-contamination risks during your next regularly scheduled appointment.

To schedule your next appointment at our Burke, Virginia office, please contact Pamela Marzban, DDS today. Dr. Marzban proudly serves Fairfax, Fairfax Station, and surrounding Virginia communities.