Many of our tools for everyday living have become outmoded. Online search has replaced the phone book. Telephone answering machines are obsolete. Even iPods, once seen as the culmination of technology, are no longer in use as we play music on our smart phones.
What about the humble toothbrush? Has anything more advanced replaced it? Absolutely not!
“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? Actually, all toothbrushes, when used correctly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of cavities.
When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, consider cost and convenience. Some people argue that electric toothbrushes may be more costly, but you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no independent studies to back up this assertion.
Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all models of electric toothbrushes. It is frustrating to 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. People who travel may discover that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack.
Whichever type of toothbrush you favor, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some individuals say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the speedy 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 people with arthritis. Electric toothbrushes are a big help for anyone whose manual dexterity is limited.
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