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. Even the iPod, which was extolled as the culmination of technology just a few years ago, is now gathering dust as people play music on their smart phone.
What about the low-tech 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?” It’s a fair question. Actually, all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of cavities.
When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, think about cost and convenience. Some men and women 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 required. People who travel may conclude 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 people 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 type, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.
Special consideration should be taken for men and women with arthritis. Some dentists counsel their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is restricted. As for kids, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern for Dallas parents. Furthermore, Dr. Horton counsels patients to only purchase dental products that carry the ADA seal.
At The Carrollton Dentist, we recommend using whatever you’re most comfortable with. We also recommend you see us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.
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