One question that seems to come up a lot is whether using a manual or electric toothbrush is better for oral hygiene and dental care. Alexandria dentist, Dr. McMillan, and our team want to be sure we are giving our patients the knowledge and tools they need to be able to practice the best oral hygiene possible at home. For that reason, we feel the question of which is better: manual vs. electric, can be a valuable one when it pertains to your oral health.

The manual toothbrush has been around for quite some time, and has definitely served its purpose to the advantage of many! Even the most expensive manual toothbrushes are budget-friendly. In a situation where an electric toothbrush is unaffordable, it’s reassuring to know that a manual toothbrush can do the job just as well. Another advantage of using a manual toothbrush is convenience; you can discretely pack it and take it anywhere, while an electric toothbrush isn’t as easy to take on-the-go.

The purpose of a toothbrush is to clean teeth and remove plaque buildup. Ultimately, both the manual and electric toothbrush can do so, and do so well. However, there are times where an electric tooth brush might be recommended. For anyone who is not able to efficiently maneuver a manual toothbrush, such as anyone who has arthritis or poor dexterity of their hands and arms, an electric toothbrush will do a better job at cleaning the teeth.

The electric toothbrush has grown in popularity, but both manual and electric toothbrushes have the same capabilities as long as you know how to use them properly. If you are unsure if you are doing a good job with brushing your teeth and wonder if a change in the type of toothbrush you’re using may be needed, ask your dentist at your next exam.

If you are currently looking for premium dental care in Alexandria and the surrounding areas, call the office of Dr. McMillan now!

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