Dentist in Moorestown Discusses Their Differences

People often wonder whether they should get a simple manual toothbrush or spring for the more expensive but more spiffy electric brush. Both Consumer Reports and the American Dental Association (ADA) have said that when it comes to getting teeth clean, a manual toothbrush can work just as well as an electric brush. The most important thing is that people are brushing. However, there are some reasons why you might decide to invest in an electric toothbrush.
Yes, electric toothbrushes are significantly more expensive than manual ones. However, an electric toothbrush can produce up to 30,000 brushstrokes per minute, which means it can do a thorough job in less time than it takes a manual brush.
Make Brushing Fun
A lot of kids prefer electric toothbrushes because they enjoy the way they look and feel. Even adults tend to prefer the experience of an electric toothbrush over a manual one. If making brushing fun means kids and adults brush their teeth more often, that's a huge plus.
Easier to Use
People with mobility issues such as arthritis that affect their ability to hold and move a manual toothbrush benefit greatly from electric brushes. Guiding the brush over their teeth is easier and less painful than having to move the brush back and forth.
So Many Features!
There are lots of different electric toothbrushes out there with lots of different features. The bristles themselves might rotate, or they might be vibrated with ultrasonic pulses. There are electric brushes with different power levels for different tasks (plaque removal vs. gum massage for instance), come with rechargeable batteries, tell you when your two minutes is up, and warn you when you're applying too much pressure. All these bells and whistles aren't absolutely necessary, of course, but can still encourage good brushing habits.
An electric toothbrush costs three times more than a manual brush, but that price hike might be worth it. At your next dental visit, ask your dentist in Moorestown if they think an electric toothbrush is right for you. Call us today at (856) 222-3445, to schedule your next appointment.