Good oral hygiene isn’t only necessary for good dental health. It can also affect your overall wellbeing. From a young age, we’re taught the value of brushing our teeth regularly to keep them and our gums healthy. When toothbrushes with nylon bristles were first invented in the 1930s, you didn’t have too many options. Now, the options can be overwhelming.
It’s generally accepted that electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual toothbrushes, and many dental professionals recommend the former to help maximize their patients’ brushing effectiveness. If you’re contemplating buying an electric toothbrush, there are many different types available, with a variety of features and a wide range of prices.
How to Choose an Electric Toothbrush
Not all electric toothbrushes are created equal, and the one you choose really comes down to your personal preferences and comfort levels. When choosing between different models, understanding the different kinds of replacement brush heads and their technology may help inform your decision.
Rotating brush heads spin all the way around, while oscillating brush heads move from side to side. Some types of brushes may also pulsate to make the head move in and out against the teeth while they’re spinning to further help dislodge plaque. Oral-B combines all three technologies into their rotating-oscillating-pulsating technology, which helps remove up to 100% more plaque vs. a regular manual toothbrush.
A Variety of Useful Features
Besides all the various types of electric toothbrushes, you’ll also find many handy features in different models. One common feature is a brushing timer to help you know how long you should brush each area of your mouth
Another convenient feature, especially if you have sensitive gums, is a pressure sensor. Placing too much pressure on your teeth doesn’t help to remove any more plaque, and can actually be more harmful to your teeth and irritate your gums. These sensors let you know if you’re using too much force and will use a light, buzzer or beeper for indication. Oral-B’s best models will automatically slow down the rotating speed if you are brushing too hard to help protect your gums.
How to choose an electric toothbrush really comes down to one factor: likability. The best toothbrush for you is the one you’re most likely to use. If you like your toothbrush, you’re more likely to brush for the full, recommended time of two minutes and clean all the tooth surfaces as dental professionals recommend. Although price is always a consideration, your oral health depends on it. Factor in your overall oral health, lifestyle and budget and if you’re still not sure, consult your dental professional for recommendations.