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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 years ago.

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 technique.

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.

The 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 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!

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