When it comes to buying dental appliances like toothbrushes, floss, night guards or mouth guards, it’s helpful to have a little bit of information about each to help you make informed buying decisions that benefit your dental health. With some many different dental appliances to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which one to invest in and which one to steer clear of. By understanding the pros and cons of each, you can make a more educated decision thanks to Dr. Roessler at our Mundelein dental office. We want our patients to experience the best dental care possible which is why we want to provide this information about dental appliances.
Pros of Electric Toothbrushes
When it comes to brushing your teeth, you should know that an electric toothbrush will always do a better job than a manual toothbrush as long as you are using it correctly. In addition, electric toothbrushes are more fun to use, especially for kids! Here is some basic information about electric toothbrushes in Mundelein.
First, electric toothbrushes can work a bit faster than manual toothbrushes. This is because they can provide anywhere from 6,000 to 30,000 strokes in a minute. What does this mean? Your electric toothbrush is doing more in less time. It would take much more time to achieve the same results with a manual toothbrush. We don’t recommend that you spend less than two minutes brushing. However, if you’re short on time and brushing between meals, an electric toothbrush can give you a quick cleaning in a fraction of the time.
One of the main pros of using an electric toothbrush is that there are so many different options for electric toothbrushes out there. You can buy an electric toothbrush that’s $10 or one that is a few hundred. The more expensive toothbrushes have unique features like a Bluetooth connection to your phone that syncs up to an app that analyzes how well you brush. Some toothbrushes even change colors! These apps can let you know if you’re brushing too hard or missing spots when you brush. Electric toothbrushes come in handy with patients who have metal braces because it can be hard to reach all around the brackets.
These are a great investment, especially for children. When kids have an electric toothbrush, they are more likely to brush for the recommended 2 minutes since the toothbrush has a timer on it. They are more likely to do a better job brushing too. If they happen to be lazy brushers, at least the electric toothbrush will do some of the work and they will get most of the debris off their teeth.
Cons of Electric Toothbrushes
Unfortunately, electric toothbrushes are not the cheapest option for our Mundelein patients. The main reason our patients do not choose electric toothbrushes is that they can be quite expensive. Some patients also choose not to get an electric toothbrush because they can be a bit bulky, which is a turn off for those who travel a lot or have limited counter or storage space in their bathroom. Another con of electric toothbrushes is that they are not ideal for patients who have sensitive teeth or gums. The vibrations from the electric toothbrush can be painful or even aggravating. The pressure can make their gum and tooth sensitivity even worse. The last con of electric toothbrushes is that they can be difficult for some patients to hold because they tend to be heavier and the vibrations can be too much. If electric toothbrushes aren’t right for you, don’t worry, your teeth can still effectively be cleaned with a manual toothbrush.
Pros of Manual Toothbrushes
One of the top reasons our Mundelein patients might choose a manual toothbrush over an electric is because manual toothbrushes allow the patient to have more control over the way they brush their teeth. If you have sensitive gums or teeth, you can brush softer and slower. You are the one who decides how hard to brush your gums, cheeks, tongue, and teeth. Those who suffer from oversensitive teeth or gums or those who dislike the electric toothbrush vibrations will find comfort in the simplicity of manual toothbrushes.
In addition, manual toothbrushes are more cost-effective than electric toothbrushes. You can replace your toothbrush for a few dollars while electric toothbrush replacement heads can cost a bit more. Manual toothbrushes also take up less space than an electric toothbrush which makes them more ideal for traveling and storage. Lastly, you never have to worry about charging your toothbrush when you have a manual one! No more searching for the power cord or replacement batteries when your toothbrush dies.
Cons of Manual Toothbrushes
When it comes to dental appliances, manual toothbrushes are not everyone’s first choice and it’s due to the cons associated with them. One of the main cons of using a manual toothbrush over an electric is that you won’t be sure that your teeth are perfectly cleaned after every brush. You need to have a proficient brushing technique to clean your teeth thoroughly enough to prevent cavities. There are a lot of patients out there who do not brush their teeth properly and commonly miss spots because they are lazy brushers. In addition, patients are less likely to brush for the recommended two minutes because they do not have a timer built into their toothbrush.
Another con of manual toothbrushes is that it makes brushing teeth more difficult for patients who suffer from arthritis. This is because holding and using a manual toothbrush takes more effort and work to operate than it does with an electric toothbrush. When it comes to children, they do not find manual toothbrushes as exciting and enticing as an electric toothbrush. Children might develop a less enthusiastic attitude towards brushing their teeth. Let your child pick out their own manual toothbrush so that they are more excited about brushing their teeth.
Pros of Water Flossers
When it comes to flossing, there are so many options: water flossers, string floss, tape floss, and even flossers with a handle. One of the alternative options to traditional floss is using a water flosser. This is a stream of water that aims between your teeth to remove debris and other food particles from your teeth. One of the pros of using a water flosser is that it helps people who would not normally do anything to remove the food particles some source of removal. It’s common for patients to either use a water flosser or nothing at all. At least with the water flosser, the patient is receiving some sort of help removing the food from their teeth. Water flossers are also great for patients with braces! Flossing with braces can be a pain as well as removing all food from the teeth. Water flossers can help you remove everything from the brackets and in-between your teeth without fiddling with floss.
Another reason people enjoy water flossers is that it makes them more enthusiastic about the flossing experience. Much like using an electric toothbrush, patients would rather use a fun and cool object to get the job done. Any product that makes patients more excited and enthusiastic about their oral health is okay in our books! Lastly, patients who struggle with using floss have an alternative and easier option to help them clean their teeth.
Cons of Water Flossers
Unfortunately, not all alternatives are the best methods. Nothing can remove plaque from your teeth like traditional floss. At Roessler, DDS, we teach our patients how to floss correctly at our Mundelein office. When you effectively floss, harmful plaque and food particles can be removed from your teeth to help protect you from cavities. The water stream on your water flosser isn’t strong enough to do this. In addition, water flossers can be quite expensive, which is a definite con.
Pros of Traditional Floss
We recommend using traditional floss as the best and most effective method for removing plaque and food from the teeth. It’s the most effective because it is flexible and can bend around the curves of your teeth, helping you reach areas that are not normally reachable. This will scrape off any stubborn residue from your teeth. In addition, traditional floss is way less expensive than water flossers. There are plenty of different styles and flavors to choose from for the most comfortable flossing routine for you. Lastly, traditional floss gives you more control over where it’s going in your mouth. This can help you avoid sensitive areas or teeth that you may not want to floss near.
Cons of Traditional Floss
In the end, the biggest issue we have found with traditional floss is that some patients find it difficult to handle. They can use flossers with the handle, however, these are made of plastic and not the most environmentally friendly option. Unfortunately, most patients find flossing to be tedious which is why they don’t even bother in the first place.
Pros of Store Bought Night Guards and Mouth Guards
When it comes to these important dental appliances, we don’t recommend purchasing night guards or mouth guards from the store. However, some patients do buy them at the store because it is more convenient for them and more cost effective. Of course, we would rather you use one of our custom made dental appliance over store bought night guards or mouth guards, in the end, we just want you to have your teeth protected from damage.
Cons of Store Bought Night Guards and Mouth Guards
Buying a store-bought night guard or mouth guard isn’t a walk in the park. These store-bought solutions you will find to be thicker and therefore less comfortable. Because they are not custom made to fit your mouth, you won’t feel very comfortable using them and might actually stop using them because of this.
Pros of Night Guards and Mouth Guards from your Dentist
When you visit Dr. Roessler for dental appliances like night guards or mouth guards, we are here to provide you with the best options for your mouth. This includes custom-made night guards and mouth guards. These are specially designed using impressions of your mouth to give you a perfect fit to protect your teeth while you sleep or while you play contact sports. Protecting your teeth is the number one goal, and our durable dental appliances are comfortable to wear and do an excellent job. If your mouth guard and night guard are comfortable to wear, you are more likely to wear them regularly. This will provide you with the best protection possible!
Cons of Night Guards and Mouth Guards from your Dentist
The only con of choosing a night guard or mouth guard from Mundelein dentist is that it’s going to be more expensive. This is because we custom make them to fit your smile exactly! It’s really up to you to decide which you prefer more, money or comfort.
Which Dental Appliances Are Right For You?
At the end of the day, at Roessler, DDS, we just want our patients to use any appliances that they prefer and which ones they will actually use effectively and regularly. If you prefer to use a manual toothbrush but a water flosser, so be it! Whatever helps you get the job done is the best option for you! If you do want our input or are ready for your next dental exam, it’s time to give our Mundelein dental office a call to schedule your next dental appointment. Give us a call or visit our online form today.