When it comes to brushing, the manual toothbrush has shown us over the years that it is up for the task. In later years, when the mechanical toothbrush was introduced, it challenged not whether it could brush teeth, but how well and consistently it could get the job done. Both tools are effective in their own rights, but which toothbrush is right for you? Here are some pros, cons and tips to help you make that choice!
Firstly, both brushes should be selected carefully. You will want to make sure you select a soft bristled brush that is the right size for your mouth, so you can reach all your back teeth. One pro for the mechanical brush, is that the brush is typically smaller and can access harder to reach areas.
Brushing in general is intended to remove plaque and stimulate the gums. Both products can accomplish this when used properly, but how do you use them properly? Manual toothbrushes should be held at a 45-degree angle. Starting at the gum line, you will use a gentle circular motion and move the brush up and down each tooth.
A mechanical brush takes most of the guess work out of how to move the brush. The movement, whether oscillating or vibrating, will depend on the model of brush you’ve chosen. Another pro for the mechanical brush, is that some come with timers. Ensuring that you have finished cleaning either individual portions or your entire mouth during a two-minute cycle.
You always want to make sure you spend enough time brushing. While it may seem more intuitive to use the brush with the timer, you must factor in the weight of the brush. Due to the power brush holding batteries, a pro for the manual is that it is significantly lighter and may be easier for some to hold for longer periods of time.
With cost being factored in, you can count on a manual brush being the cheaper option. Cheaper doesn’t always mean better, but for the ease of use, the investment may be a sound one for you.
Please be sure to consider all dynamics of each brush before making a purchase. You want to brush correctly, efficiently and make a decision that keeps you smiling!
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