Are manual toothbrushes obsolete? Would you believe people have been asking that question for more than fifty years? At name of the practice, we assure parents everywhere that the answer is no. When it comes to maintaining your dental health, and your children’s, an old-school manual toothbrush is up to the task.
“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?”
That very question was addressed in the Journal of the American Dental Association, way back in 1964. Their article sensibly concluded that all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep smiles free of decay.
Electric toothbrushes are great, and they certainly have their place. But they do not do a better job cleaning teeth, simply because they’re electric. For most people, it comes down to personal preference.
Kids may like electric brushes because they make them feel grown up. And there are plenty of electric toothbrushes geared toward children. But they don’t necessarily do a better job cleaning teeth.
The important thing is to find a toothbrush that your child likes, and then make sure they use it. We stress the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day. Parents know they can trust our pediatric dentistry and early dental care. Call us to schedule a checkup today!