To do any job correctly, you need the proper tools. To build a house, you need a hammer, saw and other tools. Likewise, to take care of your teeth, you need the correct equipment. In order to clean your teeth effectively, you’ll need a toothbrush, dental floss and possibly a fluoride or antimicrobial mouthwash. Of these items, your toothbrush is arguably the most important tool in your oral care arsenal. When it comes to toothbrushes, you have a wide array of choices. Toothbrushes can be broadly divided into two categories; powered and manual. Which type of toothbrush you choose depends on your individual preferences and personal situation.
Manual and powered toothbrushes each have their own distinct advantages. Manual toothbrushes are far less expensive than powered toothbrushes, are easy to use and come in a variety of sizes and shapes that will fit any mouth. Oftentimes, they’re sold in packs of three or more, which is useful because most dentists recommend you change your brush approximately every three months or so. Manual toothbrushes are easy to control, and the ideal brush has an easy to grip handle to allow you to reach all areas of your mouth. Manual toothbrushes can remove plaque and bacteria just as effectively as a powered toothbrush, with the added benefits of being inexpensive and easy to replace.
Powered toothbrushes have a number of beneficial features that lead many people to choose them. They tend to remove plaque and bacteria more quickly and more thoroughly than manual toothbrushes. They’re also useful for people with limited manual dexterity. But powered toothbrushes are also more expensive than manual toothbrushes, and require replacement brush heads usually available only from the manufacturer. If the company that makes your powered toothbrush stops producing that model or goes out of business, you may be stuck without replacements. Another factor to consider is the battery. Over time, rechargeable batteries lose their ability to retain power, which means eventually you’ll have to replace the entire toothbrush. But modern batteries last for quite a while, so that is something else to consider.
All of these factors are things to consider when choosing a toothbrush. Which type of toothbrush, and which specific brand and model you choose depends on your overall dental health, and your style of brushing. But brushing is only part of good oral care. Be sure you’re flossing and using a fluoride or antimicrobial mouthwash too. And be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year. Community Dental Group is here to serve the greater Los Angeles area, and can help you maintain good oral health.