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Dear Family Dentist, Is an Electric or Manual Toothbrush Better?

July 6, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 3:26 am

choosing a toothbrushYou might have seen advertisements on TV for the latest high-tech toothbrushes, and maybe you’ve considered investing in one. After all, they look cool, and your friends tell you that they love their fancy tooth-cleaning gadgets. Then again, you’ve used a manual toothbrush for your entire life, and you think your teeth are pretty healthy. What should you do? Your family dentist is here to offer you some advice on how to choose the type of toothbrush that will bring the most benefits to your oral health.

Manual Toothbrushes: Tried and True Tooth-Cleaning Tools

A manual toothbrush with soft bristles can be an excellent tool to vanquish bacteria from your mouth and get rid of plaque buildup. In fact, if you use proper brushing technique, it’s possible for your manual toothbrush to deliver the same level of cleanliness as an electric one. Other advantages of manual toothbrushes include:

  • They are very affordable
  • There is no need to worry about batteries or a charger
  • They give you ultimate control over how you brush your teeth, which can be beneficial for people who have very sensitive areas in their mouth

Manual toothbrushes also come with a few disadvantages:

  • They aren’t as fun to use as electric brushes, which can discourage kids from using them
  • People with mobility or grip problems may find it difficult to brush their teeth thoroughly

Electric Toothbrushes: High-Powered Oral Hygiene

Electric toothbrushes can deliver hundreds or thousands of strokes per minute, which makes brushing easier and faster. Some studies have even found that people who use electric brushes tend to have less plaque on their teeth. A few of the more advanced toothbrushes even have a built-in timer, which reminds you when to stop cleaning one area of your mouth and move on to the next.

Other advantages of electric toothbrushes include:

  • They’re enjoyable to use and can give you a great “fresh mouth” feeling
  • Different varieties are available, ranging from ones that cost just a few dollars to ones that cost hundreds — there is one for every budget

Electric brushes have a few disadvantages as well:

  • They tend to be a bit bulky, which can be a challenge when you’re traveling
  • Some people dislike the vibrations that an electric toothbrush causes

What’s the Bottom Line?

Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be very good at cleaning teeth, but many people have experienced better results with electric ones. If you are ever in doubt as to which products are best for your oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist or dental hygienist. They’re a treasure trove of knowledge and would be happy to give you personalized advice on how to take great care of your smile.

About the Dentist

Dr. Alex Martin is proud to serve as your general, cosmetic, and restorative family dentist in Scottsdale. Whether you need a basic cleaning, tips on how to look after your teeth at home, or more advanced services, he would be happy to provide you with gentle, expert care. To ask questions about our practice or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at 480-860-1993.

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