October 14, 2016
The one thing people are not lacking in these days is choice. A quick internet search will show you more varieties of anything you can imagine. We live in glorious yet overwhelming times. One of the simplest choices you have is which type of toothbrush should you get, manual or electric? Dr. Tom Pastor, you dentist in Wilton, weighs in on this. It’s time to pit these two toothbrushes against each other!
In This Corner: A Manual Toothbrush!
The wily veteran of dental hygiene is the manual toothbrush. Historians agree that people have been using toothbrushes to clean their teeth since the times of Ancient Egypt, and with good reason. Manual toothbrushes are able to thoroughly clean your teeth and break up the buildup of plaque. In modern times, you can select from many types based on your needs. If you have sensitive teeth you can get a soft bristled brush, or even one that is specially made to help clean along the gums. You can also get a myriad of colors for children. Manual toothbrushes are one of the most low maintenance things you can own, in that it requires no batteries and only takes seconds to clean after you’re finished using it. They are very affordable and easy to travel with. In fact, you will even get a free one whenever you come visit us at Tyngtown Dental. The only issue with manual toothbrushes is that they take a little more work than electric toothbrushes, as you actually have to create the brushing motion. They also require you to keep your eye on the clock or set a timer to make sure you are brushing long enough.
And The Opponent: An Electric Toothbrush!
Electric toothbrushes make oral hygiene extremely easy for anyone that uses them. You simply need to hold it up to your teeth and it does all the work, as the brush-head will automatically move in the ideal motion to break up the plaque on your teeth. Because of this, electric toothbrushes have been shown to remove more plaque when compared to manual ones. Children tend to use electric toothbrushes more consistently since it does most of the work for them. Electric toothbrushes also have timers to make sure you are brushing just the right length. However, they tend to be more expensive than manual tooth brushes. They also require a bit more maintenance as you have to consistently charge their battery. This can make them a bit bulky to travel with. They are also a bit easier to break if you drop them since they have moving parts.
Which One Should I Get?
Dr. Pastor is looking at the scorecards and…has declared it a draw! Honestly, both kinds of toothbrushes are great for cleaning your teeth and keeping you healthy. It all comes down to consistency. Whichever type of toothbrush you are able to use on a daily basis is the one you should get. It all just depends on your personal preferences. Despite which toothbrush you end up choosing, make sure you brush (and floss!) every day, as well as visit your preventive dentist in Wilton at least twice as year. Neither toothbrush can clean your teeth like a professional cleaning can.
Want to know more about how you can keep your teeth clean and healthy? Great! Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to give you tips and answer any of your questions.
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