It may surprise you to know that some people have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric. Is there really one that is clearly better? In the considered opinion of the dentist at Aspen Ridge Dental in Casper, the best toothbrush is the one that you prefer, based on your personal experience.
That said, we want to give you some extra information about toothbrushes to help you decide.
You need to consider cost and convenience. Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more pricey, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.
Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be problematic when buying replacement heads. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack (and batteries are not necessary).
The pressure you put on your gums with either type of toothbrush is critical. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with electric toothbrushes, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums than when they use manual brushes. You may want to try them both to determine your brushing style. Then you can discuss it with us.
Special consideration should be taken for individuals with arthritis. Most dentists guide their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern of parents.
Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.
At Aspen Ridge Dental in Casper, we promote dental health through regular brushing and flossing, along with checkups and cleanings twice a year. Use whatever toothbrush works for you! We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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