Manual or Automatic: On Choosing a Toothbrush

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, people need to brush their teeth regularly, and the task requires a toothbrush to perform. Before toothbrushes, folks had to resort to wiping down their teeth with cloth or flossing, and both are very tedious to do regularly. (Flossing survives to this day because it is still effective.) Today, toothbrushes make cleaning teeth a lot more convenient and effective than ever before.

There are typically two types of toothbrushes available: the traditional manual brushes and the electric types fitted with motors. Each type has its pros and cons, so it’s up to users to determine which is more useful than the other. What is certain is that both brushes are equally capable of properly cleaning teeth, and their effectiveness is largely based on how their users handle them.

Manual toothbrushes have the advantage of being extremely portable and easy to hold, and they occasionally have useful built-in features such as tongue scrapers. Electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, have moving heads that make brushing much easier and typically have timers to help brushers determine if they’ve brushed an area well enough. Whether you choose a manual or electric toothbrush, know that these implements are far better than what people were using centuries ago to clean their teeth.

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