Electric or Manual Toothbrush? Ask Our Orthodontist
Many households banished that rusty metal can opener to the bottom drawer long ago, and decided their old manual typewriter was taking up far too much space in the closet. Has the trusty manual toothbrush met the same fate? Actually, no. According to one of the leading consumer marketing companies, only some 36 percent of adults have gone electric, with older people and high income individuals leading the way.
In terms of whether a hand-held or electric toothbrush is the best choice for you, why not ask the orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc., who is knowledgeable about all facets of oral hygiene. Our orthodontist has been building beautiful smiles for years, and knows how you can keep your teeth healthy and great-looking for a lifetime.
Opinions on electric versus manual toothbrushes vary, with some powered models favored for their ability to clean away the bacteria that causes plaque — that sticky coating on our teeth — and in reducing gum disease. There are even electric models designed to make it easier to maneuver around braces. Of course, some models may produce enough power to cause abrasion if not used properly. Cost may also be a factor in the decision-making process. If you’ve been maintaining a good oral hygiene routine with your manual toothbrush, there’s probably little reason to plug in just for the sake of it.
Whichever method you choose, the key things to remember are to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, and to use a light touch with a soft-bristled brush to keep your teeth both clean and safe from abrasion. Be thorough but don’t overdo it, and change the brush regularly. And of course, don’t forget to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with a dental professional.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., our orthodontist is ready to answer all questions concerning the health, function, and appearance of your teeth. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to arrange an appointment!