Many of our tools for everyday living have become antiquated. Online search has replaced the paper phone book. Telephone answering machines have gone the way of manual typewriters.
What about the humble toothbrush? Has something flashier and more advanced replaced it? Absolutely not!
“Wait a minute,” you might say. “Isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? Actually, all toothbrushes, when used thoroughly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of cavities.
When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, look at cost and convenience. Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more expensive, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no valid studies to back up this conjecture.
Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all brands of electric toothbrushes. It is frustrating to spend over a hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and then not be able to find a replacement head when needed. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack.
Whichever type of toothbrush you favor, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some men and women say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the rapid electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums. Regardless of the toothbrush brand, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.
Special consideration should be taken for people with arthritis. Some Winston-Salem area dentists counsel their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for babies, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern.
At Winston-Salem Dental Group, our recommendation is to only use dental products that carry the ADA seal. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and have evening and weekend hours for your convenience.
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