Electric versus Manual: A Discussion on Toothbrushes

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The toothbrush is yet another human tool that has been innovated upon over the years. While most people can use a manual toothbrush to keep their teeth sparkling white, the impetus for the electric toothbrush, created in ’54, was to assist people with limited or impaired motor skills, such as from arthritis. An electric toothbrush’s automation helps extricate plaque and maintain healthy gums.

If in the market for an electric toothbrush, be sure you can grip it comfortably and can easily handle it. Consulting with your dentist may yield advice on whether a rotational head or an ultrasonic one is right for you. Many electric toothbrushes have optional features like sliding power scales, operational timers and even rechargeable batteries. For optimal use, always follow the instructions properly when replacing heads. Whether you favor an electric or manual device, always maintain a regular habit of brushing and flossing twice a day.

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