Walking down the oral care aisle can seem a little over whelming. There are so many options when selecting a toothbrush. Soft, medium, hard bristles in different shapes and colors, then there is deciding between a manual or electric toothbrush. With countless options available, it can be difficult to choose what will provide the best cleaning.
Manual toothbrushes are effective in cleaning your teeth, but only when they are used correctly. Most people do not brush for the recommended 2 minutes or adequately brush each tooth. Electric toothbrushes are able to brush a larger surface area in the same period of time. This option is particularly appealing to older adults and those with limited dexterity. The American Dental Association states that people with limited mobility in their hands, arms and shoulders could benefit from the powered brush and larger handle.
Since electronic toothbrushes provide a better cleaning, users experience less plaque and gum disease than traditional toothbrush users. When brushing with a manual toothbrush you are able to brush approximately 300 strokes per minute. However, when brushing with an electronic toothbrush you are able to brush at a few thousand strokes per minute.
There are a variety of electronic toothbrushes on the market at a variety of price points. Disposable, battery operated options start around $6 and rechargeable electric versions can range from $40 to $200. Like traditional toothbrushes, brushes need to be replaced every 3 months. The bristles should be straight and firm to provide optimal cleaning. When selecting a toothbrush, be sure to look on the package for an American Dental Association seal, meaning the product is safe and effective.
No matter toothbrush you use, it is important that you brush thoroughly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.