Electric or Manual Toothbrush: Why It Does (and Doesn’t) Matter

It is important to understand that home care is important for good oral health. In addition to going to the dentist regularly, it is important that you brush your teeth at least two times a day, if not after every meal. Daily flossing is also necessary to ensure good dental health.

With so many toothbrush choices, it can be hard to tell what kind you should buy. If you add in the option of electric toothbrushes, you complicate the decision even more.

Some people believe that what type of toothbrush you get matters. Others think it is just personal preference. Many dentists are also conflicted, so you may want to ask your dentist if you can’t decide which type of toothbrush to get.

Many people prefer manual toothbrushes because they are much cheaper, which makes changing them regularly more cost effective. Also, people, especially those with small children, worry that an electric one will pinch them.

Manual toothbrushes are easier for children to use. Especially for small children, manual toothbrushes are often simply more successful.

Electric toothbrushes have some benefits though. They can be more effective at removing plaque because of the rapid movement of the bristles. Though they can be more expensive, some versions allow you just to change just the head, making replacement every three months a little more affordable.

As long as you brush your teeth thoroughly and change your toothbrush regularly, it does not really matter whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush. All that matters is that you are removing the debris and plaque that has built up on your teeth.

It is also important to make sure that you choose the correct size toothbrush for your mouth. You want the head of the brush to fit easily in your mouth so that you can move it around.

If you have any questions about what type of toothbrush you should try, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (425) 337-1000.

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