In the last few years, you may have noticed a rise in the appeal of powered toothbrushes.
But are these brushes, in fact, better at cleaning than a traditional brush?
Dental practitioners and scientists agree that a traditional brush can offer the same level of cleaning that an electric toothbrush can. The ease of the latter is the genuine divider in this debate. When using a regular brush, attentiveness is crucial. Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day is key in order to keep a healthy smile. With everything else we need to do, brushing manually for 2 minutes may seem like a lot of time and effort, however.
The ability to do almost everything for the user is probably the reason electric toothbrushes have gained popularity. With a variety of different modes and brush heads, like deep cleaning, sensitivity, and whitening, it makes a thorough cleaning a simple matter. Some electric models are even equipped to time how long the individual is taking brushing one area, and notifies them to switch to the next quadrant through a vibration. Also, powered toothbrushes are perfect for individuals who have disabilities or problems with dexterity.
At the end of the day, picking between a powered or a manual brush is up to the user. There isn't any concrete proof that one style of brush is better than the other; rather, it all comes down to the lifestyle and personal preference of the user.
What kind do you have: electric or manual?
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