Toothbrush Debate Part 1: Manual or Powered — Dental Care By Minneapolis

A woman brushing her teeth

Dental Minneapolis The experts at Bjorklund Dental Designs have numerous years of experience in providing top-of-the-line dental care for Minneapolis area residents. A common patient question that’s asked is if a powered toothbrush will actually clean teeth better than a manual toothbrush.

The purpose of a toothbrush is of course to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums, and the truth of the matter is most toothbrushes will keep teeth clean if used properly and on a regular basis. Part 1 of this discussion will focus on the manual toothbrush. In the next blog, the electric toothbrush will be examined in part 2 of this series.

Manual Toothbrushes—This method of cleaning teeth has been around a long time, and has a trustworthy track record in preventing tooth decay. Manual toothbrushes are a popular choice because:

  • Manual brushes don’t require batteries, are less bulky, easier to travel with and can discreetly be packed and brought anywhere.
  • Even at an early age, children can be taught how to use their manual toothbrush safely and effectively in developing their own personal oral health routine.
  • As opposed to electric brushes, they’re more economical to buy and are readily available.

The kind of manual toothbrush you choose shouldn’t be based solely on the price of it. Make sure that it has the stamp of approval from the American Dental Association. Use a toothbrush with soft, rounded tip bristles and a head that fits into your mouth comfortably, allowing easy access to the hard-to-reach teeth in the back. And by all means, replace your toothbrush ever 3-4 months or sooner if required.

Brushing teeth with a manual toothbrush, combined with the professional services from Bjorklund Dental Designs gives Minneapolis area residents a great opportunity to enjoy healthy teeth and gums for a long time. Read part 2 to learn more about powered toothbrushes.

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