It may surprise you to know that some San Diego people have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric. Is there really one that is clearly better? Most La Mesa cosmetic dentists will tell you that all toothbrushes, when used correctly, are effective in removing plaque and that choosing which kind you like is really up to you.
Today in the La Mesa dental blog we want to give you some extra information about toothbrushes to help you decide on which kind is right for you or your child.
You need to consider cost and convenience. Some San Diego people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more expensive, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.
Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores in the Alpine, Jamul, or Santee area carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be difficult when buying replacement heads. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack (and batteries are not necessary).
The pressure you put on your gums with either type of toothbrush is critical. Some San Diego residents say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with electric toothbrushes, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums than when they use manual brushes. You may want to try them both to see what your brushing style is and discuss it with your La Mesa dentist.
Special consideration should be taken for people with arthritis. Most La Mesa area dentists advise their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern for San Diego parents. Also, all dentists in the Alpine, Jamul, and Santee areas will remind you to look for the ADA seal on any dental product you buy.
Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.
I’m Dr. Jeff Gray and I want to thank you for visiting my La Mesa dental blog.
If you are looking for friendly and professional dental care, tooth whitening, or cosmetic dentistry in or around San Diego or La Mesa, give us a call at 619-337-7700.
The following online article was used as source material for this blog: Brichford, Connie, “Choosing a Toothbrush: Manual vs. Electric,” WebMD, http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/101/manual-v-electric-which-is-the-better-brush.aspx, accessed on November 29, 2011