When you walk down the aisle of the grocery or drug store these days, you are hit with a myriad of different choices of toothbrushes. Not only are there many different brands, but there are also different types. These different types include regular old-fashioned toothbrushes, battery-operated spinning toothbrushes and electronic toothbrushes that plug into an outlet, such as the Sonicare brand. These toothbrushes are not only different in brand and type, but they are also very different in price.
The plain, old-fashioned toothbrushes are the least expensive followed by the battery-operated spinning toothbrushes. The electronic toothbrushes that plug in, like the Sonicare brand, are the most expensive option. But is an electronic toothbrush really worth the extra cost? Most dentists will tell you that the most important thing is to brush your teeth thoroughly, using any type of toothbrush, at least twice daily. They will also tell you to be careful about how hard you brush and the technique you use. Dragging a toothbrush across your teeth and gums with too much pressure can damage your gums. Using a toothbrush that is too firm can also damage your gums. It is better to brush with a soft or medium bristled toothbrush and to make small circular motions.
One of the good things about electronic toothbrushes is the fact that they eliminate the need apply pressure when you brush. You can simply hold the electronic toothbrush over the teeth and gums, and let it do all the work. This is a good option for individuals who have gum recession or who tend to brush with too vigorously.
Your dentist is the best person to help determine which type of toothbrush is right for you. If you have questions about what type of toothbrush to buy or about your oral health in general, please visit your local dentist today.
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