Tips To Choosing The Best Electric Toothbrush
Choosing your electric toothbrush power
When you take a stroll down the toothbrush aisle, the selection can be shocking.
Toothbrush technology has come a long way since the chew sticks used thousands of
Sure, the Chinese evolved the teeth-cleaning twig into hog’s hair bristles on ivory
or wood by 1498, according to the Library of Congress, but the modern toothbrush didn’t really
appear until 1938 when nylon bristles were introduced—and with them, a new emphasis
on regular oral care. By the 1960s, Americans could purchase electric toothbrushes,
and the tool we use twice daily continues to evolve.
Today’s toothbrush market includes manual and power models. The American Dental Hygienists Association and others report
both as equally effective, but it ultimately depends on the user’s diligence and
Manual or power?
Sure, in theory, they may work the same, but many of us brush too quickly and/or
sloppily. In that case, an electric toothbrush may be a good solution. They can
regulate pressure for those who apply too much, ensure you brush for the proper
duration, and be customized to suit your bristle preferences.
American Dental Association recommends electric toothbrushes for who have
physical difficulty brushing. The larger, easier to grip handles and technique assistance
may be helpful to those with arthritis and other conditions.
Battery or wall charge?
Most true electric toothbrushes charge through an outlet and hold power for as long
as a week. Common features, according to Oral-B, include:
- Numerous brushing modes specialized for sensitive teeth, whitening benefits or gum-massaging action
- Pressure sensors to signal when you’re brushing too hard
- Timers to help you keep track of how long you’re brushing each quadrant of your mouth
- Digital reminders to replace your brush head
- Oscillating-rotating or sonic technology
- Multiple brush head compatibility so you can choose which kind of bristle design you prefer
Brushes that require batteries are typically less expensive, but offer little more
than a manual brush with some extra assistance.
Sonic or regular?
Sonic toothbrushes are a type of electric toothbrush that clean with ultrasonic
vibration. By many accounts, they are reportedly capable of around 30,000 brush
strokes per minute. Other electronic toothbrushes come in around 3,000 to 7,500
per minute, and manual brushing typically involves 300 per minute.
Sonicare or another brand?
Philips Corporation introduced the original sonic toothbrush: Sonicare. And it seems to remain the most widely recognized.
Reviews collected by Consumersearch.com show that Oral-B’s ProfessionalCare SmartSeries
is an overall favorite, Sonicare FlexCare is ebst for smaller mouths, and Oral-B
Vitality is the preferred basic electric model.
No matter what kind of brush you select, it should be replaced every 3 to 4 months
(just the head on a power brush) and earlier if the bristles fray or you have been
ill. Use it at least twice a day for the recommended two minutes. See your dentist
every six months for an exam and cleaning. And keep your smile bright!