When it comes time to replace your toothbrush every few months you’re faced with a lot of options. Whether it be brand, color, or even shape, there are a lot of choices. But the question you have to answer first is, electric or traditional? Is it just a matter of preference? Or is one actually better than the other?
Benefits of the Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are often touted as the ticket to a fresh mouth, and for good reason. Through rotating, oscillating, and vibrating motions, they add some extra scrubbing action that works to banish the bacteria and plaque from your smile. Electric brushes are easy to use, and they’re great for people with limited mobility or braces. These days, you can even find electric toothbrushes with features like timers and pressure sensors that’ll help you get the best possible clean.
Time to Ditch the Traditional Toothbrush?
Not so fast. If you want to keep it simple and opt for a traditional toothbrush, that’s OK too, just be mindful of how you’re brushing. Electric toothbrushes go through the motions for you, taking some of the work out of brushing your teeth. As a result, they tend to be gentler. With a traditional toothbrush, it can be easy to brush too hard, harming the tooth enamel and gums.
Manual toothbrushes are an affordable option, they are portable, and they don’t require batteries or a charge. As long as you’re brushing correctly, and gently, a manual brush should do the job just as well as the electric option.
The Choice Is Yours
Ultimately, it’s about what’s best for you. Whether you’re using an electric toothbrush or a traditional one, what’s important is that you’re brushing your teeth at least twice a day and following up with floss. And make sure you and your family are stopping by River Vista Dentistry every six months for a cleaning.
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