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Taking care of your teeth is simple and straightforward–until you find yourself in the toothbrush aisle. The staggering number of options can be nearly overwhelming.

Luckily, there is no universal “correct” option for what kind of brush to use. Some people swear by the electric toothbrush, while some people count on their favorite conventional brush style. If you are undecided, remember, toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3-4 months–you will have plenty of opportunities to switch. Feel free to experiment! It’s all about personal preference and solid brushing technique.

A conventional toothbrush is the traditional choice, and it has many benefits. First and foremost, there is a low price point associated with most conventional brushes. Secondly, it is easy to choose from a wide variety of colors and styles, and it’s a breeze to get a head that is a comfortable size and shape for your mouth. If the brush becomes contaminated in any way, the process of replacing it is simple and convenient–and inexpensive, as we mentioned before. With the proper brushing technique and time spent on your teeth, conventional brushes can be just as effective as electric toothbrushes.

An electric toothbrush is extremely effective, as electric toothbrushes make it easier to follow proper toothbrushing technique. Some even come with timers, to help make sure you are giving your teeth the cleaning time they need! Another benefit is the automation itself–the toothbrush does the work for you, so you don’t have to move the toothbrush as much. This can make it easier for people with arthritis or other ailments. The one potential drawback to electric toothbrushes is the price tag. However, depending on your personal habits and needs, they may be worth the investment.

For more information, call Edward S. Brandon DDS Inc in Brecksville, Ohio, at 440-526-8688. Dr. Edward Brandon and our team are happy to help you pick the perfect tools for keeping your mouth clean!