Have you been told that you should brush twice a day, every day? Have you been told that it’s important to replace your toothbrush every few months, or that you should let your brush air dry after each use? Have you been told whether you should be using an electric or a manual brush? If you don’t know which type of brush you should use, it’s probably because both have unique strengths.
In reality, an electric toothbrushes have a few advantages. For instance, it has been shown that you can remove more plaque and bacteria with an electric brush than a manual one. Similarly, some people find electric toothbrushes easier to use. This makes an electric toothbrush a great for individuals with arthritis or for people who struggle with hand control.
However, please don’t misunderstand: a manual toothbrush is also effective when it comes to cleaning your teeth. They are easier to travel with, especially because they don’t need to charge and don’t require batteries. Of course, manual toothbrushes are also more affordable than a manual brush.
So which type of toothbrush should you use? In reality, if you don’t have gingivitis, your choice may not be as important as you think. However, please remember to avoid brushing too hard or too soft. This can damage your teeth and gums. Fortunately, some electric toothbrushes have a light will activate if you press to hard.
If you’re interested in learning more about the type of brush you should choose, please don’t hesitate to give Laura Miller, DDS a call at 860-346-6872. Dr. Laura Miller and our team look forward to hearing from you.