Electric vs. manual toothbrushes: what’s best for your dental care?

Dentist in Poway

Take a quick stroll down any pharmacy aisle and you’ll find there is a wealth of choices in dental care. From premium floss, to water picks, electric brushes, and whitening mouthwash, dental care has proven to be one of the hottest, growing pharmacy items today. Consumers have asked Dr. Coleman, a dentist in Poway, about the various features and benefits associated with each product and mainly with regard to electric vs. manual toothbrushes – and here’s the scoop from Dr. Coleman.

Features and benefits of a manual toothbrush

As Everyday Health reports, the cost and availability of a manual toothbrush is one of the main reasons a consumer chooses this inexpensive yet effective dental care tool. As any Poway dentist can attest, choosing a manual toothbrush is a great way to keep up on everyday dental hygiene. In addition, patients can expect the following features and benefits of a manual toothbrush:

·         Ease of use. A manual toothbrush is simple and straightforward.

·         Great to travel with. Sometimes a bulkier toothbrush simply will not do.

·         Gentleness. For those with special dental concerns, a manual toothbrush can be just the ticket to thorough yet gentle dental care.

·         Ideal for children. A manual toothbrush is a great entry-level way to take care of your teeth beginning at a very young age. Most children are advised to start using a soft, compact manual toothbrush when their first teeth begin to appear.

In other words, the manual toothbrush is a basic and yet effective way to take care of your teeth. Use your toothbrush twice a day – and ideally after meal – for the best results.

Features and benefits of an electric toothbrush

 For those looking for a more advanced dental care solution, many consumers opt for an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can range between $10 to $150 dollars or more depending on the brand and its features. Some consumers find that an electric toothbrush provides an extra level of care or stimulation.

If you’re shopping for an electric toothbrush and want to graduate from your manual brush, here’s a list of some of the features and benefits you can expect:

·         Oscillating bristles. Some manufacturers build electric brushes that rotate in both directions. For example, if the toothbrush head rotates to the left, then again to the right, this style of brush is considered an oscillating electric toothbrush and has been shown to do an better job at removing plaque and debris better than an electric brush that moves in one direction.

·         Most dentists in Poway recommend finding an electric toothbrush that is ADA-approved.

·         Pressure sensors. An electric toothbrush can tell you if you’re pressing too hard onto the enamel of your teeth.

·         Timers. An electric toothbrush will often stop when its cycle is complete – so you don’t have to guess at how long to brush and if you’ve brushed long enough.

For all toothbrush types

Whether you decide to opt for an electric or manual toothbrush, look for soft bristles, ease of use, and preferably ADA-approved. Replace your toothbrush at least once every three months since old or frayed bristles won’t clean teeth as well as bristles that are straight.

To schedule a dentist appointment with Dr. Coleman in Poway, call (858) 748-4802.

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