Brushing your teeth twice a day is an essential part of your oral health care regimen. But which is better for your dental hygiene: a manual or an electric toothbrush? While both have their benefits, the family dentists, including at Nayaug Family Dental in South Glastonbury, CT, are here to break down what you need to know about each tool.

Manual Toothbrush

family dentistManual toothbrushes are found in any drugstore and come in a variety of shapes and sizes for both children and adults. One of the main benefits of a manual toothbrush is it is inexpensive and easy to travel with. You don’t have to worry about charging it or changing batteries. However, it is not as efficient as an electric toothbrush and must also be replaced every few months for sanitary reasons.

Electric Toothbrush

There are two main types of electric toothbrushes: the oscillating and sonic brush. Oscillating brushes have small, round heads and turn anywhere from 3,000 to 7,000 strokes per minute, while sonic toothbrushes vibrate at around 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute and are shaped like manual toothbrushes. Both types are easy to use, and many come with a built-in timer to ensure you brush long enough each time. In addition, electric toothbrushes are often recommended by family dentists because they’re more effective at removing plaque and food buildup. However, electric tools offer a smaller brush head selection and may cost more than manual ones.

No matter which type of toothbrush you choose, it’s imperative to use it twice a day or after every meal to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. You should also schedule routine cleanings with your family dentist/hygienist at Nayaug Family Dental in South Glastonbury, CT. Call (860) 633-6167 to make an appointment today. Visit their website for more information about their dentistry services.