Dentist in Palos Heights Helps You Get the Right Brush
Advances in technology constantly force humans to have to make some sort of decision comparing man versus machine. Do I keep reading paper books, or do I buy an e-Reader? Write this new novel on a typewriter, or my laptop? Use a map, or my GPS unit?
While machines do have a leg up on many of the manual versions of years past, the “old dogs” can still have the essential tricks down pat. What your dentist in Palos Heights here is referencing is our discussion today about choosing a toothbrush, and if you should go manual or electric, and most importantly: why?
The classic manual toothbrush is still, to this day, a preference for many patients because of a handful of major factors. If you are big into a wide variety of options, the manual brush could be for you. Typically it is available in a hundred different colors, sizes, designs and companies for you to choose from. Add to this a low price tag and ease of portability, and you have a winning device indeed. The only “downside” that may come from using a manual brush is the technique and time aspects as it relates to your at-home regimen. To be most effective, you should be brushing for at least two minutes, twice daily with your brush held at a 45-degree angle, covering all surfaces. Not every patient has perfect technique, and your dentist in Palos Heights not only understands, but accepts that. If you need help perfecting your technique, you can always ask us for advice or assistance at your next visit.
Where machine overtakes man-ual in the toothbrush realm, it is exactly in the areas of timing and technique. Most electric brushes now have built-in two-minute timers, letting you know exactly when you can stop brushing or move to cleaning a different mouth quadrant. These brushes also have automatically rotating heads, with the perfect size and speed that mimic the motion of you brushing with a manual brush, all with less effort. The downside in electric does come in the form of its more expensive price tag, less “customizable” appeal, not as easy to transport and that they are easier to break.
No matter the brush you choose- actually using it is the biggest decision to make. Try to incorporate some of the timing and technique tips from your dentist in Palos Heights into your at-home regimen to keep a healthy mouth that will smile bright for years to come.
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