December 27, 2017
Hard bristles or soft bristles? Manual or electric? There are pros and cons to every toothbrush option, so how do you decide which one is right for you? Your dentist in Fremont shares pertinent information about the differences between electric and manual toothbrushes so you can decide what’s best for your needs.
The biggest benefit your manual toothbrush offers is the freedom to brush the way you like. This can offer a more comfortable experience if you have areas of sensitivity. However, it can also mean that you’re not receiving all the benefits of brushing if you are not using proper brushing techniques.
If your preference is a manual brush, be sure to choose one with soft bristles and have your dental hygienist give you a demonstration on the right brushing techniques so you can make the most of your home care routine. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Keep your brush at a 45 degree angle and move gently around your mouth. Vigorous brushing may cause damage to your gums.
- Don’t forget to brush all surfaces of your teeth. Outer, inner, and chewing surface all need attention.
- Use gentle tooth-wide strokes.
An electric brush offers numerous benefits such as doing the hard work of brushing in a way that is comfortable for most people. With that said, some people do find the vibration of an electric brush hard to get used to or irritating to their gums.
Electric brushes do present more of an upfront cost, but you get what you pay for. Many of the upscale electric brushes have technology that times your brushing session, alerting you when two minutes has passed. Some even have pressure sensors to warn you when you’re pressing too hard. This helps to prevent enamel wear and injury to your gum tissue.
Electric toothbrushes also tend to remove more plaque buildup since they are delivering anywhere from 6,000 to 30,000 strokes per minute. This can be beneficial to people who are cavity prone.
Ask Your Dentist
Have a discussion with your dentist about which toothbrush might best meet your needs. Based on your habits and lifestyle, they can help you determine whether an electric or manual brush is the best choice for you.
About the Author
Dr. James Block is happy to answer your questions about toothbrushes and any other questions you might have. Since he’s been taking care of patients in Fremont, CA for nearly thirty years, you can trust his knowledge and expertise.
If you would like to learn more about James Block Dentistry, you can call our office at 510-793-0801 or reach us online through our website.
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