Are you the type of person who walks into the store to buy a toothbrush, see plenty of options, and have no idea where to start? You can start here with our small toothbrush buying guide that features pros and cons.
Manual Toothbrush Advantages
Manual toothbrushes have been around the longest, and still prove to be very effective. You’ll notice that toothbrushes are offered in different sizes, with different bristle options. Small, medium, and hard are the bristle choices you will see. We recommend always selecting a soft brush, because they are easier on your gums. Too often people will use a hard, or even medium, toothbrush and commonly make the mistake of brushing too hard. This can lead to receding gums and damaged gums. With a soft toothbrush, the chances of this occurring are not as high.
As far as size goes, there are small heads and large heads. A combination of both may work the best. This is because larger heads are great for easy to reach areas and cover more surface area in one stroke, giving you an efficient clean. However, they are not as effective in reaching your molars or the back of your mouth, often leading to poor dental hygiene in these areas. If you have wisdom teeth, it will be even harder to reach, and will often result in triggering your gag reflex. Toothbrushes with smaller heads work perfectly in this situation. Our Newport Beach dentist recommends having both a small and large head toothbrush for the best dental hygiene results.
Electric Toothbrush Advantages
Electric toothbrushes have been around for a decent amount of time now, with significant improvements along the way. There are two types of electric toothbrushes: vibrating and rotating-oscillating. They can both produce an incredible amount of rotations per minute – ranging from 3,000 – 40,000. To put this into perspective, your hand can maybe only produce 300 strokes per minute – and that’s on a good day.
Studies may show that electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual, but it really comes down to one aspect: technique. Your technique is what determines the efficacy of a toothbrush, whether it’s manual or electric. The main advantage to an electric toothbrush is that it doesn’t require you to engage your muscles, perfect for the elderly. The downside is that they can be expensive depending on what you buy, require batteries, and need to have their heads replaced every so often.
A quick tip: if you’re unsure of what toothbrush you should choose, then you can always default to the toothbrushes that have an American Dental Association seal of approval. This ensures that the toothbrush has been inspected for safety and quality.
There’s a fair amount of talk on what toothbrush you should use, but if worst comes to worst: any will do. A toothbrush is better than no toothbrush. Next time you head to the store for a new toothbrush, we hope our toothbrush buying guide comes in handy.