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How to choose toothbrush – professional point of view part 2
The previous section has outlined how it is worth choosing toothbrushes based on bristle type depending on the condition of your teeth and mouth, but the comparison of toothbrush types follows now.
Advantages of electric toothbrushes
They may be more effective in removing plaque
According to some research, electric toothbrushes do remove plaques from teeth more effectively, providing more effective protection against plaque issues. Other research claims that electric toothbrushes are specifically able to clean wisdom teeth more effectively, as they are the most difficult to be reached in one’s mouth, and therefore many do not clean them thoroughly enough.
They are easier to be used for disabled people
Electric toothbrushes do not require brushing hand movements, which makes them much more ideal for those who for some reason are unable to brush their teeth properly with a conventional toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is essentially just turned on and moved slowly in a person’s mouth from one tooth to other.
They have a built-in sensor and timer
Nowadays, most electric toothbrushes have a built-in sensor that beeps when one presses too hardly on their teeth. This can help prevent the issue mentioned above caused by strong brushing.
Another useful trick with electric toothbrushes is the timer. Since the recommended brushing time is 2 minutes, most electric toothbrushes make a sound every 30 seconds to indicate that it is time to move to another quarter of your mouth – four quarters, 4 times 30 seconds, thus two minutes totally. You do not even have to count time.
Advantages of traditional toothbrushes
More cost effective
For the price of a better electric toothbrush, one could buy a handful of high quality traditional toothbrushes; therefore, not everyone can afford these modern tools. Of course, expenses related to electric toothbrushes do not end with their purchase, since you have to replace their heads from time to time (as you have read above) and of course their batteries must be recharged regularly – all at an extra cost.
Easily disposable / recyclable
Traditional toothbrushes are mostly made of plastic, so they can be easily recycled. After 2 to 3 months of use, they can go to a plastic waste collector and you can buy a new one for several hundred Forints. Plus, if you do not like a toothbrush after you have tried it, it is a much smaller loss to discard it and buy another one instead (even right away). One cannot really play this with an expensive electric toothbrush.
Easy to use
Using traditional toothbrushes is fairly easy, you just need to hold them at a slight angle and gently brush your teeth all along with circular motions. That is all. In addition, it does not need to be charged (can be used anywhere, anytime) and it does not have any electrical components that could be damaged.
If you are wondering what kind of bristles your toothbrush should have, read the first part of our article by clicking here.
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