Are manual toothbrushes obsolete? Would you believe people have been asking that question for more than fifty years? At Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, we assure you that the answer is no. When it comes to maintaining your dental health, an old school manual toothbrush is one of your best friends.
“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?”
That very question was addressed in the Journal of the American Dental Association, way back in 1964. Their article sensibly concluded that all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of decay.
Use What Works
Electric toothbrushes are great, and they certainly have their place. But they do not do a better job cleaning teeth, simply because they’re electric.
For most people, it comes down to personal preference. Manual and electric do a good job cleaning your teeth. An electric toothbrush can be a tremendous benefit to anyone with issues like arthritis. A manual may take a little longer. But they’re a lot cheaper! At the end of the day, though, the choice is yours.
When it comes to any toothbrush, the most important thing is to choose one with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.
When all is said and done, the important thing is to find a toothbrush that works for you, and then use it. At Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington we stress the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day. People from Mansfield and Grand Prairie come to our practice for general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for your next checkup today!