Keeping a toothbrush clean and free of germs is just as important as maintaining a regular regimen of dental care. With both electric and manual toothbrushes, the main thing is to keep them out of contact with bacteria that can lead to an infection.
Rinsing a toothbrush thoroughly after each use and letting it air dry standing upright in a container is recommended by BreathMD.com. Instead of a single cup for all family brushes, they should be stored in containers with separate openings and enough space for each brush to dry without touching the others.
Even in the tightest of quarters, toothbrushes should be stored some distance from the toilet, not in a container on top of the commode. To prevent contamination, tucking toothbrushes away in a medicine cabinet is the best way to store them.
Spreading contamination can lead to a range of oral health problems, which may mount if people miss dentist appointments because they can't afford dental insurance. Maintaining good dental habits and having regular check-ups go hand in hand. Signing on to a discount dental plan that offers lower rates for dentist services is one way to maintain preventative oral care.
Electric vs. manual
Whether people use a manual or electric brush is secondary. As long as they use brushes with soft bristles that doesn't damage tooth enamel, the choice of using a battery-operated electric or a traditional manual toothbrush is a personal one. Each has its advantages.
Family dentists frequently provide manual brushes to their patients. They are great for helping young children learn how to perfect their tooth-brushing skills. For adults who have sensitive teeth, a traditional brush allows them to control the pressure they place on different areas of their mouths.
On the other hand, EverydayHealth.com states that those who have limited mobility or arthritis in their hands may have an easier time letting an electric brush do the work. A brush head with a rotating-oscillating action is best for removing plaque from teeth and massaging the gums. However, many manual models also come with ergonomically shaped handles for better gripping and a more comfortable hold.
While manual versions are less expensive than electric toothbrushes, consumers should keep in mind that it's the bristle heads that need to be replaced every three months or so - the same as manual brushes - not the whole apparatus. Batteries should be replaced as needed.
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