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Can Electric Toothbrushes Cause Vertigo?


Posted on 5/23/2022 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
Can Electric Toothbrushes Cause Vertigo?Electric toothbrushes are a pretty popular choice for many people looking to clean their teeth better. However, some people have reported feeling a little dizzy or lightheaded after using one. There has been a slew of research projects on the subject, and the verdict is still out. Some studies suggest that electric toothbrushes can cause vertigo, while others say they don't. Read ahead to know more.

What Is Vertigo?


Vertigo refers to a range of sensations that can make a person feel dizzy or lightheaded. It can include feelings of spinning, tilting, floating, or plummeting, nauseating sensations, and muscle weakness. Vertigo usually occurs when something is wrong with the inner ear or the vestibular system that controls balance and coordination. It can be caused due to various underlying conditions, including infections, head injuries, stroke, and disorders like Meniere's disease or migraines. While vertigo can be unpleasant and even debilitating at times, it is typically not a severe illness and can often be treated with medication or other interventions. 

Is There a Connection Between Electric Toothbrush and Vertigo?


Interestingly, recent research has suggested that electric toothbrushes may also be a potential trigger for vertigo. In a small study, nearly half of the participants who used an electric toothbrush reported experiencing dizziness or vertigo within 24 hours. There is no particular answer as to whether there is a connection between electric toothbrushes and vertigo. However, some studies suggest that the vibration from electric toothbrushes can trigger vertigo symptoms in people already predisposed to the condition. In addition, electric toothbrushes can also cause temporary dizziness or unsteadiness in some people. If you experience any vertigo symptoms after using an electric toothbrush, it is best to consult your doctor. Furthermore, if you have a history of vertigo or other balance disorders, it is best to avoid using an electric toothbrush. If you have any concerns about using an electric toothbrush, or if you experience any symptoms of vertigo after using one, make an appointment with our dentist today.






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