Which Toothbrush is Right for You?

Did you brush your teeth yet? A common question moms and dads around world ask everyday. From an early age, we’ve been taught how important it is to brush our teeth. Despite our best efforts, we are not as thorough as we would like to be. Could a new toothbrush help in this endeavor?

Buying a toothbrush can be overwhelming with the new options that are available. Do you go for the manual one with the flexible head, the battery operated one that vibrates, or the electric one with the sensors? There are so many options to take into consideration.

Manual Toothbrush

Modern toothbrushes were invented in the 1930s and the essential design has not changed much over the years. The soft nylon bristles we’re familiar with was developed in the 1950s. You will find that manual toothbrushes come in a variety of options:

  • Small or large brush head depending on the size of your mouth
  • Soft or medium bristles depending on the sensitivity of your teeth
  • Whether or not you want a tongue scraper on your toothbrush
  • Flexible brush heads for those hard to reach places
  • Contoured handles for better grip
  • Color and design variety can be endless

With all these options, it easy to find one that fits your needs and provides a comfortable brushing experience. The inexpensive price make it easy stock up when it comes time to replace your toothbrush.

Battery Operated Toothbrush

Battery operated toothbrushes (powered by AA batteries), not to be confused with an electric toothbrush, share many of the manual toothbrush features above. Other benefits include:

  • Many bristle varieties for you to choose from: crisscrossed, polished, cupped, or tapered
  • Pulsating or vibrating action
  • Ergonomic handles
  • Easy on/off switch

This is a good option for those who want to try an electric toothbrush, but are not ready to fully commit.

Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes have a rechargeable battery that plugs into the wall. These toothbrushes offer many additional features depending on which model you purchase. Some include:

  • Pressure sensors to let you know you’re brushing too hard
  • 2-minute timer to tell you when you’ve brushed long enough
  • Digital reminders to replace your brush head.
  • Different brushing actions to help remove plaque
  • Gum stimulators

These neat features are a great motivator, especially for children, to brush longer and more frequently. Electric toothbrushes can be especially beneficial for the elderly, patients with special needs, or caregivers brushing other people’s teeth. For arthritis sufferers, performing the basic task of brushing their teeth can prove to be especially challenging. The larger grip and ease of use helps them brush more thoroughly with less effort.

Which one should I choose?

It’s important to discuss your toothbrush of choice with your dentist depending on your oral health condition and how effective you are at maintaining your oral hygiene. According to the American Dental Association,“It’s not up to the brush, but the brusher.” No matter which tool you chose, each option can adequately clean your teeth. What really matters is if you are brushing your teeth properly. That means, brushing for two minutes, twice a day. Contact Bassett Creek Dental at 763-546-1301, for an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you and discussing which option best fit your needs.

Sources:

http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/history-of-toothbrushes-and-toothpastes
http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/mechanical-brushes/

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/ask-an-ada-dentist/is-electric-toothbrush-better


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