How to Choose Among Electric Toothbrush Types

Electric toothbrushes are an effective way to clean one’s teeth, so it’s no wonder users of this device continue to increase. Several brands offer their own variations, with new models coming out periodically. To find the one that best fits your needs and budget, consider these factors:

  • The brush’s cleaning method. The rotation-oscillation variants use a circular motion, while those that are “sonic” move the bristles using high frequency ultra-sonic waves. It’s best to discuss with your dentist which is best for your teeth or dental hygiene concerns.

  • Built-in timers. Some brushes have timers which remind you if you’ve been brushing a section of your teeth for too long. There also variants with timers that remind you when it’s time to replace the brush head. This is mostly beneficial to first-time users.

  • Pressure sensors. These let users know if they are pressing too hard while brushing. This effectively helps prevent damage to the gums and enamel which is common with brushing vigorously. Most dentists recommend to have this feature, but it’s not essential. The user only needs to be careful when putting pressure on the teeth while brushing.

Ultimately, it is the user’s needs which determines what electric toothbrush they should get. When used properly, a manual toothbrush is still adequate. However, as many doctors and dentists would say, prevention is better than cure, and an electric toothbrush can provide more than adequate cavity prevention.


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