With so many preventative dental care tools on the market today, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide which one is the best for you. When in doubt, it’s always best to visit your dentist for recommendations based on your specific dental health situation. One of the common decisions to make is whether to choose electric or traditional toothbrushes and flosses. There are pros and cons to each version, which are highlighted here.
Electric vs. Traditional Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes generally save time, as they can get the brushing job done quicker than a manual toothbrush. It is also a more attractive option for kids since the electric version is more fun to use. However, efficiency doesn’t always mean it’s effective. Depending on the electric toothbrush you purchase, it may not get in all the little crevasses that a manual toothbrush can.
Manual toothbrushes are the most popular tools in dental preventative care since very little can go wrong with them, and they are more cost effective than the electric ones. The main downfall is you have to have a good brushing technique to use a manual toothbrush properly.
Electric vs. Traditional Flosses
Electric floss is also called water floss. People who don’t like to floss can opt for this method, since it provides a stream of water to shoot between the teeth. It may not be as effective as traditional floss, but it’s a good alternative to not flossing at all.
Traditional floss will always be the most effective tool recommended by preventative dentistry offices. It can clean just about anywhere around your teeth and gums. The main downfall is flossing is a little time consuming and is difficult to use if you don’t have good dexterity.
Everyone has their own opinions about electric versus traditional dental tools. For a more personalized recommendation, feel free to contact us at any time.