Dr. William Nerestant

Manual, or Electric Toothbrush?

Brushing your teeth consistently is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a happy and healthy mouth. Gone are the days where the only choice we had to make with our toothbrush was which color or cartoon character we wanted. Now, there is a wide range of manual and electric toothbrushes that all seem to offer something different. As long as you are brushing every day, does it really matter what type of toothbrush you are using? That depends on who you ask.
The American Dental Association says both manual and electric toothbrushes do their jobs of cleaning teeth by removing plaque and bacteria. Many researchers point to the technique in which you brush your teeth, not the tool you are using, as having the biggest impact on a thorough clean.
Looking at some of the pros of a manual toothbrush, they are generally much cheaper and more portable since they require no chargers or batteries. On the other hand, manual brushes allow for easier tough scrubbing which can damage enamel and gums.
Some pros when it comes to electric toothbrushes include the usual built-in timers and the automated setting that allows for gentle, proper brushings. The negatives of using electric brushes are the cost, replacing the brush heads, and possibly being an inconvenience when you travel.
Here at Midtown Dental, we don’t have a preference when it comes to what brush you use, as long as you use it daily! As the new school year nears, make sure you are brushing and practicing good oral hygiene. If it has been a while since your last cleaning or checkup, call and schedule an appointment with us today!

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