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Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

added on: April 5, 2019

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This message from Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Owensboro looks at dental health, and how we maintain it.

Many of our tools for everyday living have become obsolete. Online search has replaced the paper phone book. Answering machines have gone the way of the typewriter. Even the iPod, once the apex of technology, is gathering dust as we play music on smart phones.

What about the toothbrush? Has something flashier and more advanced replaced this low-tech marvel? Absolutely not!

“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? Actually, all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of decay.

When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, look at cost and convenience. Some may argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more costly, you’ll save on dental bills. But there are no conclusive studies to back this up.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all brands of electric toothbrushes. It is frustrating to spend over a hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and then not be able to find a replacement head when required. People who travel may discover that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the speedy electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums. Regardless of the toothbrush type, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

Special consideration should be taken for people with arthritis. For anyone with dexterity issues, an electric toothbrush may be best.

At Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Owensboro, old school manual toothbrushes are fine: they maintain your dental health, and what more can you ask of them? We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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