When it comes to maintaining your oral health, there is no denying the importance of properly cleaning your teeth. Thus, the toothbrush is of great significance, but does it matter what kind you use? Furthermore, what are the differences between manual and electric toothbrushes? Your dentist in Prince Albert tackles these questions as you read on.
In the Beginning Was the Manual Toothbrush
For many people, the first toothbrush they were introduced to was the manual version. Its greatest attribute is that it is simple to use and while there are several options to choose from, its cost has remained relatively inexpensive.
Here are some of the benefits of using the manual toothbrush:
- You have control over the force applied, the speed and the angle of the toothbrush.
- It is easy to replace, especially when you have been ill and want to avoid re-infection.
- It is the preferred option for many people who have sensitive teeth or gums because it leaves more control in the hands of the user.
However, the limitations of the manual toothbrush are made apparent with the attributes of the electric alternative.
What the Electric Toothbrush Has to Offer
An electric toothbrush makes for a more effortless cleaning experience. That’s because the bristles can move as fast as 30,000 strokes per minute on certain models. Thus, it’s possible to save time when performing oral hygiene.
Here are two other advantages of using an electric toothbrush:
- It allows people with limited movement to brush their teeth thoroughly.
- If you’re looking for a way to get children excited about brushing their teeth, the electric toothbrush tends to be a great help.
One of the challenges of electric toothbrushes, though, is they cost more upfront and require more purchases in the future to replace the heads.
Does the Brand Matter?
When it comes to making a decision on the brand of toothbrush to use, whether a manual or electric option, what is more important is taking the time to evaluate what is being offered. For example, if you have sensitive teeth or gums, you want to choose softer bristles to ensure that you clean your teeth in the safest manner possible.
Brand choices, then, will come down to your preferences based on the experiences you have. It never hurts to read reviews on the product you’re considering because, more than likely, someone with a similar situation as yours will share their experience.
Whether you choose a manual or electric toothbrush, what matters most is how consistent and efficient you are at performing your oral hygiene, which is vital to your oral health.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Saskatchwan, Dr. Jerry Janzen has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. Throughout his career, he has remained an avid learner, receiving advanced training from the Kois Center of Clinical Excellence in Seattle. Dr. Janzen helps patients enjoy the best in oral health at his private practice, and he can be reached for more information through his website.