Which Toothbrush Type Is Best?
Any good Cedar Park Family Dentist will tell you that the #1 most important aspect of good Dental Hygiene is to brush regularly… but brush with what? There are a lot of different toothbrush types on the market, and we often get asked whether one type is better than another. In particular, people often ask whether they should get a traditional, electric, or sonic toothbrush.
The short version is: that all toothbrushes are effective when used properly, so the “best” toothbrush is simply what you’re comfortable with. However, there are still positive aspects to all three types.
1. Traditional Toothbrushes
The best thing about traditional toothbrushes is that they’re simple and convenient. Everyone knows how to use a regular toothbrush, and they can be taken with you anywhere. Also, they don’t require batteries, and they’re extremely inexpensive.
This is the baseline option and, while they might not be as fancy as other types of toothbrushes, they’re still fine for cleaning your teeth. Just remember to buy a new one every three months or so, before the bristles wear out!
2. Electric Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes use a series of small motors beneath the bristles to create a circular brushing motion and are capable of several thousand strokes per minute. This is much faster than brushing by hand!
Are they more effective at cleaning your teeth? Well, they are faster. Whether they’re better is somewhat controversial. A couple of studies have suggested they may be moderately more effective, but not by a large amount.
Electric toothbrushes are relatively affordable and can last a long time when stored properly. Just remember to always keep it charged!
3. Sonic Toothbrushes
Sonic toothbrushes are a variation of electric brushes that go even faster – up to 40,000 strokes per minute. The claim made by manufacturers is that this creates cavitation: tiny bubbles that help scrub away even more plaque, especially below the gumline.
Sonic toothbrushes do have their fans, and they can be pretty fun to use. Plus, most of them have built-in timers to ensure you are brushing for the recommended full 2 minutes. The cost is higher, but we think it’s worth it.