Walk down the store aisle that says, “Oral Care” and you are bound to see literally hundreds of options for toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, mouth rinse and other products. The question is what is the best option for you. When it comes to selecting a toothbrush, you have two choices: manual or electric (battery-operated). Read on to learn what your dentist in Washington has to say about both.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Toothbrushes
Let’s be honest—an electric toothbrush is a lot more fun than a manual. And if that’s what it takes to get you and your children to brush twice a day, then your dentist near me is all in favor! Especially for children, an electric toothbrush will not only make brushing more fun but also more effective. Those little hands can use all the help they can get cleaning each of their teeth. Similarly, people who don’t have a good grip or the dexterity to hold a manual toothbrush may be better off using an electric variety.
Electric toothbrushes provide between 6,000 and 30,000 strokes per minute. Your hand and a manual toothbrush don’t come even close to those numbers. However, this does not mean that you can quickly pass an electric toothbrush over your teeth and expect the job to get done in a shorter amount of time. You still must take the time to ensure that all the surfaces of each tooth are thoroughly cleaned.
One downside to an electric toothbrush is the cost, which is typically more than a manual one. There is the initial cost of the brush as well as the charging station, and you also have to consider the cost of replacement heads. Just like a manual toothbrush should be replaced at least every three months, you must also replace the head on an electric brush that often. Depending on the model type, this cost can add up.
Finally, some people with sensitive teeth, loose teeth or periodontal issues, may find the vibration of an electric toothbrush annoying or even painful.
Some people simply like the control they have with a manual toothbrush. You determine how much pressure to put on your teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue and how fast to move the brush. This can be particularly advantageous if there is a sensitive spot in your mouth.
Of course, manual toothbrushes cost less and if you’re a traveler, then they are much easier to pack in a carry-on or your luggage.
Finally, you never have to worry about a dead battery. As long as you’re able, your manual toothbrush is always ready to help you have a healthy and beautiful smile. And so is your dentist in Washington! Call the office today for an appointment.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is a dentist in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of your smile. If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings or another service, contact us today.