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Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

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Many of our tools for everyday living in Tampa have become antiquated. Online search has replaced the paper phone book. Telephone answering machines have gone the way of manual typewriters. Even the iPod, which was extolled as the culmination of technology just a few years ago, is now gathering dust as individuals play music on their smart phones.

What about the humble toothbrush? Has something flashier and more advanced replaced it? Absolutely not!

“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? Actually, all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your beautiful smile free of cavities.

When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, consider cost and convenience. Some individuals argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more costly, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no valid studies to back up this claim.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all brands of electric toothbrushes. It is frustrating to spend over a hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and then not be able to find a replacement head when needed. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some individuals say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the rapid electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums. Regardless of the toothbrush brand, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

Special consideration should be taken for individuals with arthritis. Some Valrico area cosmetic dentistry practices advise their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is limited. As for kids, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern for Tampa parents. Additionally, Dr. Bynum guides patients to only purchase dental products that carry the ADA seal. If you have questions about your toothbrush, or any of the other services we offer including dental implants, dental veneers or gum disease treatment, call us today.

When it comes to the toothbrush, old school is just fine.

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

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3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

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