May 21, 2019
Are you a big believer in technology improving our lives in every aspect? Or are you more of a traditionalist who’s more comfortable doing things the old-fashioned way? Your preference is probably reflected in the kind of toothbrush you use; some people prefer an electric toothbrush, while others stick with the manual kind. According to the American Dental Association, both types of toothbrush are effective—but in what ways? If your dentist in Reading could choose the kind of toothbrush in your house, what would it be? Both have pros and cons that should be considered when thinking about your oral health.
What are the Pros and Cons of Electric Toothbrushes?
An electric toothbrush vibrates or rotates as you brush. These additional movements can clean your teeth more thoroughly than a manual toothbrush; studies have shown electric brushes as having a slight edge in removing plaque. Because the head moves on its own, this type of brush can be especially helpful for people with mobility issues. Other advantages include a replaceable head and being gentler on the gums.
Of course, the obvious disadvantage is that electric toothbrushes are more expensive than manual ones; they can cost anywhere from $15 to $250, and replacement heads and batteries can be costly. They can also be less convenient, especially when traveling. And of course, you may not be comfortable with the vibrating feeling in your mouth.
What are the Pros and Cons of Manual Toothbrushes?
Obviously, manual toothbrushes are much cheaper than electric toothbrushes; you can often pick one up for $1 or $3. You also don’t need to worry about batteries, and since there’s no removable head, you never have to worry about finding the right brand when you need a new one.
Some people do have a tendency to brush harder when using a manual brush instead of an electric one; you need to be careful not to brush too hard, or you could damage your teeth and gums. They’re also more difficult for people with conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel.
Which Toothbrush is Right for Me?
The type of toothbrush you should use depends on your own habits and potential challenges while brushing. For example, some electric toothbrushes come with a timer; this can be helpful if you tend to brush for too long or not long enough. Sometimes children are more likely to brush using an electric toothbrush, though this isn’t always the case. And of course, your personal mobility can be a factor as well.
For the most part, both types of toothbrushes are effective, and oftentimes it can come down to personal preference. An electric toothbrush may make brushing easier in some cases, but otherwise it may simply be a case of what you’re comfortable with. If you have questions or concerns about the type of toothbrush you use, speak with your Reading dentist; just remember that no matter what type of toothbrush you get, the most important part is to use it every day!
About the Author
Dr. Gail Iebba has spent 20 years at her practice, Associates in Family Dentistry. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association and Massachusetts Dental Society. She has provided comprehensive dental services (including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry) to multiple generations of patients. To ask about brushing or other dental concerns, you can visit her practice’s website or call (781) 944-6761.
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