In today’s fast-paced world, many once-familiar tools for everyday living have become obsolete. Online search has replaced the paper phone book. Telephone answering machines have gone the way of manual typewriters. Even iPods are gathering dust, replaced by music apps on smart phones.
And what about the humble toothbrush? Has something flashier and more advanced replaced it? Absolutely not!
“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? That depends on who you ask. The fact is that all toothbrushes, used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of cavities.
When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, examine cost and convenience. Some people are convinced that even though electric toothbrushes are more expensive, you’ll save on dental bills. More power to them – but there are no validated studies to back up this notion.
Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all brands of electric toothbrushes. You might spend over a hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and then not be able to find a replacement head when required.
Whichever type of toothbrush you favor, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the rapid electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums. Regardless of the toothbrush model, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.
Special consideration should be taken for individuals with arthritis. Some people with dexterity issues benefit from electric toothbrushes.
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