Electric vs. manual toothbrushes

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Many of us are under the impression that electric toothbrushes provide better dental care than manual toothbrushes. But are we right? What are the actual differences between an electric toothbrush and a manual toothbrush?

Some obvious differences between electric and manual toothbrushes is that manual toothbrushes are cheaper and more portable because they are generally lighter in weight. Also, while electric toothbrushes are usually better at cleaning teeth when used properly, they can actually harm users who are too rough with their brushing. For this reason, manual toothbrushes are safer for children to use because they prevent the child from putting too much pressure on their teeth as they brush.

Electric toothbrushes are ideal for adults and senior citizens because they provide an easier way to effectively clean teeth. For senior citizens who have arthritis or limited dexterity, electric brushes provide a way for them to clean their teeth without having to use a lot of manual power.Deciding what toothbrush is best for you depends on your age, and, after you have found the perfect toothbrush, it is important to brush at least twice a day to maintain good oral health. If you or someone you love needs help with oral care, please contact the Austin dental specialists of Bridgeview Dental at 512-347-8299.