You know the dilemma when it is time to change your toothbrush. Do you buy an electric toothbrush or a traditional toothbrush? The decision boils down to personal preference. They all serve the same purpose as long as you brush for the recommended two minutes. This article gives an insight on each of the brushes to help you choose the next time you are in a dilemma.
The traditional toothbrush
One of the main advantages of the traditional toothbrush over the electric one is the fact that it is inexpensive. Once you make a trip to the dentist, you can get one for free. If you use the proper brushing technique, you thoroughly clean your teeth (if you brush for the recommended 2 minutes). You have an abundance of choices in terms of styles, bristles and heads. If you have a special condition such as sensitive gums, then you can choose a toothbrush with softer bristles. If you have a small mouth, then you can choose one with a smaller head. The options are limitless; however, the manual toothbrush does not have a timer which means sometimes you might not brush for the recommended time.
They are the easiest to use. Once you have the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle you hold it and let it do all the work for you. According to studies, the electric toothbrush can do a better job at removing plaque as well as gingivitis. They are also easy to use for young children who have not yet mastered the different brushing techniques. Children will find brushing as a fun activity rather than a chore. Most of them come with a built-in timer so you do not have to do any guesswork. It is also a great alternative for the manual toothbrush if the user has a condition such as arthritis which would make brushing difficult. One of the cons of the electric toothbrush is the cost, which is significantly higher when compared to traditional toothbrushes.
Next time you are faced with the dilemma (electric toothbrush or traditional), remember the above points. Note that it does not matter which one you choose; either way, you need to brush and floss on a daily basis. It is also recommended to change your toothbrush every three months. If you want to learn more about the difference between these kinds of toothbrushes, then get in touch with Riverdale Park Dental. We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to understanding and meeting your needs as a patient. Our goal is to work together as a team to bring you the highest quality treatment in a warm, caring setting using modern technology, equipment and procedures.