How To Choose The Right Toothbrush For The Best Oral Care

February 14, 2014 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog, Dental Tips

Electric toothbrushes have gained popularity recent years, but many people and dentists alike are still undecided on whether the manual or electric toothbrush provides better oral care. Both toothbrushes can keep teeth clean when used correctly, but there are some differences in the type of care.

Manual Toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes have been on the market for years, so the history of reliable performance is on their side, along with ease and availability. Manual toothbrushes are inexpensive and are available at every grocery store and pharmacy.

These toothbrushes are easy for individuals who travel often because of their convenience and small size. Even if you forget your toothbrush at home while on vacation, another can be purchased without hassle.

Manual toothbrushes also put less pressure on the teeth and gums as you are able to easily gauge and change the pressure as you grasp the brush. With electric toothbrushes, this isn’t as easy and the pressure can rub away tooth enamel, cause sensitivity and increase the possibility of tooth decay.

Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are recommended for individuals who aren’t able to do as good of a job with manual toothbrushes. Older individuals who don’t have the dexterity or have developed arthritis benefit the most from the electric option.

Electric toothbrushes heighten the care of brushing by keeping track of the time that you brush, as well as using rotating bristles to help better remove plaque and prevent gum disease.

For more information on dental equipment and oral health, call the NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 212-288-4455.

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