With the cost of dental work being so expensive it pays off to make sure you are using the most effective toothbrush. The main options to pick from are an automatic or a manual brush. Below are some of the benefits and disadvantages of each to help you choose for yourself which one makes the most sense for you to be using.
A manual toothbrush has become more advanced over the years. They now feature things like built in tongue cleaners that make it easier for someone to practice good oral hygiene techniques. They are available in a wide variety of bristle strength as well as sizes. The largest advantage a manual toothbrush has is cost. You can get one for just a couple of dollars and replace is every three months. Often times, people can get them for free when they go in for their regular cleaning with a dental office. The disadvantage with this type of brush is that they are not as effective as automatic brushes. They require more pressure to be applied and the user to move the brush in the right motion to clean all areas of their teeth.
An electric toothbrush is more expensive but is more effective at cleaning your teeth properly. It requires very little effort and most have automatic timers that will turn off after 2 minutes of brushing. The timer feature is a major advantage since many people do not brush for a long enough duration. This is useful for children to learn how long they should be brushing for. There are automatic toothbrushes available in several sizes and design options. You can find they designed with characters such as Dora the Explorer that children will love. However, some children are intimidated by the noise the brush makes so it might not always be the best choice for them.
Just like a manual toothbrush you will need to purchase replacement heads every few months for an electric toothbrush. This can be costly. In addition, it can be difficult to find the right size replacement brush for your model of electric toothbrush in a pinch. If you do not charge your automatic toothbrush it will not be able to work as it should make it less effective. However, as long as you charge your toothbrush and keep at least one extra brush head on hand you should be fine.
In conclusion, either toothbrush used properly can be effective and keep your teeth and gums healthy. So, it is up to your opinion which one you would rather use. If you tend to have dental problems often though you may wish to invest in an electric toothbrush at least for a while to see if there is a difference by your next dental exam. Since these brushes tend to be easier to use to really do a through cleaning job.
Source by Beth Ann Davis