Which is the best toothbrush to use?
If you've shopped for a new toothbrush lately, you know that the choices are pretty overwhelming. Hard bristle or soft bristle? Electronic or manual?
It's not easy to know which is best for you without talking to your dentist or hygienist because each is effective in its own way. Everyone has unique needs when it comes to oral hygiene, and it's important to use the type of brush that helps improve your oral health.
Manual toothbrushes are nearly as effective as electronic brushes when used properly. Next time you have a dental cleaning, you should ask your hygienist to show you exactly how the brush should be used. You may think that you're diligent with your oral hygiene, but if you're not using the brush correctly, you may be allowing disease to develop without realizing it.
The benefit of electronic brushes is that people tend to brush longer, increasing the odds of doing a proper job. Kids are particularly prone to cavities, and they are usually more likely to brush efficiently with an electric toothbrush because it's just more fun. Older adults with arthritis may also find it easier to brush thoroughly with an electronic brush that does most of the work.
In general, the best toothbrush for you is the one that you are most likely to use. If you have questions for our Alpharetta family dentist, call us to make an appointment for a professional cleaning. Our hygienist will be happy to answer all your questions at that time.