Toothbrushes have come a long way since humans first decided they needed to clean some food out of their teeth. These days, if you go to a store looking for a new toothbrush you are sure to be confronted with an enormous amount of choices. The biggest decision facing many is whether to buy an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush, and which one is better. Fortunately, Dr. Kacel, your trusty dentist in Northbrook, IL is here to compare the two to help you make a decision.
Both types of brushes are approved by the ADA, and if you brush twice a day and floss every day, no matter which toothbrush you use you’ll be promoting good oral health. The truth is, the best toothbrush for you according to this Northbrook dentist, is the one that you will actually use as recommended.
Electric toothbrushes are appealing because they have various motions that are able to loosen plaque and they are great for people with arthritis or dexterity issues. Many also come with variable speeds that allow you to reduce pressure on sensitive gums and teeth. Also, some kids are more easily encouraged to brush with electric toothbrushes because they think they’re more fun.
Manual toothbrushes allow brushers to feel like they have more control over the process of brushing their teeth, including responding to the sensation of passing over sensitive teeth. Of course, another advantage is that they are easier to take along when traveling and are less costly to replace.
Choosing between an electric or manual toothbrush is a personal choice, and as stated before, the most important thing to your dentist in Northbrook, IL is that you brush twice a day and floss once a day. Of course, scheduling regular professional cleanings and checkups will also keep your mouth healthy. People with extremely sensitive teeth and gums may want to schedule a consultation with their dentist to get a recommendation for the perfect toothbrush for their unique situation.
If you have any other questions about toothbrushes, or about oral hygiene in general, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff at his Northbrook Dental office will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.