Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes | Reimels Dentisty

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Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
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Experienced Huntersville NC Dentists Catherine G. Reimels, DDS, FAGD
Michael O. Reimels, DDS, FAGD, FICOI
Matthew R. Miller, DDS
Chad Paterra, DDS
AnnMarie Moshos, DMD
Meredith Stalnaker, DDS
Stephanie Guerrier, DDS



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Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
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An integral tool for dental cleaning, toothbrushes are often disregarded or underrated for their role in maintaining proper oral and dental hygiene. While different variations of toothbrushes have been used for centuries, the modern toothbrush was first introduced in the early part of the 20th century, as greater technological processes ensured that the optimum materials for the efficient cleaning of teeth was being used to manufacture toothpastes at lower costs to make it accessible to the masses. Further technological improvements also led to the invention of electric toothbrushes which have superseded manual toothbrushes in terms of efficiency and ease of use. We take a look at both electric and manual toothbrushes and compare their positive and negative aspects.

Manual toothbrushes have several positives going for them. First and foremost, they provide the best level of cleaning as they can be used to clean each and every nook and cranny of the teeth and owing to their comparatively smaller size can be driven to every part of the tooth with relative ease. The proliferation of different brands of toothpastes in the market mean that different varieties of toothbrushes with different bristle shapes and styles and materials are available to choose from. Their small and lightweight nature makes them highly portable and easy to carry and their lower costs means that they can be replaced easily without pinching the wallet. The biggest con of manual toothbrush is the effort required, as they have no automation capability and rely on human energy to clean the teeth. So if a person is not brushing their teeth properly using a manual toothbrush, their efficiency in cleaning the teeth is highly reduced. The other con of manual toothbrushes are that they have no timer function, so one can either brush their teeth too soon or can take a lot of time brushing their teeth without realizing.

The advantages offered by the newer electric toothbrushes are several, with the primary advantage being the ease of use offered by such toothbrushes, as they were originally designed for those patients who had motor deficiency. One just needs to insert the toothbrush in their mouth at a 45 degree angle and the toothbrush does the heavy lifting work of cleaning the teeth. Studies and research have also found that electric toothbrushes are more efficient than manual toothbrushes in getting rid of tartar and plaque. Electric toothbrushes also help to maintain proper dental hygiene in kids as it is easier for them to work with them. The built in timer also helps people to brush at an optimum pace while covering all parts of their mouth thoroughly. The biggest con of electric toothbrush is that it needs to be charged owing to its inherent nature. Also compared to manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes are expensive owing to the machinery implemented in it and are bulkier when compared to manual toothbrushes. Owing to the complicated machinery involved in it, they are also prone to breaking and going out of order.

Reimel’s Dentistry can help you decide the ideal toothbrush for your teeth as well as help you with your dental ailments and provide you with best in class treatment for happier and healthier smiles.

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