Conventional vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Conventional vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Are you considering purchasing an electric toothbrush? If you’ve always used a manual brush, you may wonder what benefits a power toothbrush offers. Our tips can help you make that buying decision and get the tool that works best for you.

Conventional Toothbrushes

The standard toothbrush works with the movement of your hand and forearm to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth, gums, and tongue. For many children and adults, this is a fine strategy for oral hygiene. Diligent brushing is completely sufficient to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Disposable plastic toothbrushes are inexpensive, low-maintenance and portable.

However, children who do not have fully developed fine motor skills may find brushing awkward and fight against doing it. Adults with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, or other impairments may find thorough brushing painful or even impossible.

Electric Toothbrushes

A power toothbrush requires little physical effort. Just insert the brush at the correct angle, turn it on, and let it do the work. A timer will tell you when you are done. For many people who cannot or do not brush correctly, an electric model can lead to a reduction in plaque, reduced risk of gum disease, and an overall cleaner and fresher mouth. Kids in particular find electric toothbrushes fun to use and are encouraged to brush more often.

Despite these pros, power brushes do require batteries and/or electricity, so if you live a minimalist lifestyle or travel often, you may prefer a standard toothbrush. An electric brush system also requires a significant up-front investment compared with the price of a regular toothbrush. And like any power tool, an electric toothbrush can break if dropped.

Regardless of whether you prefer traditional or electric toothbrushes, you still need to visit your EDP dentist regularly as part of a comprehensive oral care program. EDP Dental Plans beat out traditional dental insurance, because there are no waiting periods and no deductibles. Instead of complicated payment charts, EDP offers a clear explanation of fees and significant savings. Simply enroll in the plan that works for you or call 1.800.777.1085, and start paying less for dental care today.

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