There’s a lot of toothbrushes on the market. Maybe too many toothbrushes. Where do you even start when buying a new one?
Some go straight for a pretty color or the newest model they saw in a recent commercial. But maybe the best place to start is with the type:
Manual or electric?
This is a decision that goes back as far as the 1950’s when the first electric toothbrush was invented. Since then, many different types of electric toothbrushes have entered the market. If you’ve looked into them, you know they’re quite a bit higher in price than a traditional toothbrush.
The question is, are they worth it?
The Advantages of Electric Toothbrushes
Let’s just get this out of the way: a quality electric toothbrush is not a gimmick. For starters, they do much of the brushing work for you. Rather than you moving your arm back and forth and up and down to get a proper scrubbing motion, you simply hold the brush in place and let it do the work.
Yes, you do have to move it to different spots of your teeth, but the whole process is much more efficient.
In fact, studies have shown that electronic toothbrushes can reduce plaque up to 21% more than a manual toothbrush and gingivitis by 11%.
Depending on what type of electric toothbrush you get, it may come with additional features such as a timer.
Don’t Worry, Manual Toothbrushes Still Work fine
Electric toothbrushes aren’t perfect. You need to charge them or keep batteries on hand. They’re not only expensive, but they’re relatively easy to break. The truth is, the majority of people use manual toothbrushes, and that’s fine. Used correctly, a standard toothbrush can effectively keep your teeth clean and polished.
As a skilled craftsman would say, “It’s not all about the tool you use; it’s how you use it.”
Of course, the best toothbrush in the world won’t fix alignment, bite, or teeth grinding issues. That’s what we’re here for. If you’re in need of a Prior Lake or Lakeville orthodontist, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today.