At your last cleaning, your dentist might have told you to invest in an electric toothbrush. There’s plenty of skepticism towards these toothbrushes, as an electric toothbrush is more expensive than a standard manual one. So why make the switch?
What are the Benefits?
Using an electric toothbrush can make your brushing much more effective. One Cochrane study showed that after 1 to 3 months of use of an electric toothbrush, users noticed an 11% reduction in plaque, and a 21% reduction in plaque after three months of use. Users also noticed a 6% reduction in gingivitis after 1 to 3 months of use, and a 11% reduction after three months of using an electric toothbrush. Most electric toothbrushes are set to run for two minutes, the amount of time that dentists recommend you brush your teeth. Some of these brushes also make sure that you are brushing each part of your mouth, by pausing every 30 seconds to indicate you switch to a different part.
Electric toothbrushes can also make your brushing experience better. Those who suffer from arthritis or other dexterity problems may find it easier to brush with an electric toothbrush as they have to do less manual work in the brushing process. Using an electric toothbrush can also promote good dental hygiene from a young age, as they help form habits such as brushing for two whole minutes - and they’re also fun to use!
What Should I Look for In an Electric Toothbrush?
When choosing an electric toothbrush, make sure to look out for the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which indicates that the American Dental Association has deemed the brush safe and effective in removing plaque and reducing gingivitis. Instead of throwing away the brush entirely, Electric Toothbrushes have replaceable brush heads which are to be changed usually once every three months ‒ some brushes have subscription plans where you automatically get sent new brush heads when you need them. Also consider factors that are best for your lifestyle, such as size, cost, and style. Below are three toothbrushes to get you started on finding the right electric toothbrush for you! All of the following are under $100, and indicate both once 30 seconds have passed and once two minutes is up.
Phillips offers a variety of different Sonicare brushes depending on your budget and how many features you are looking for in your toothbrush. Their mid-range model, the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 uses a vibrating back and forth motion that helps remove plaque on your teeth, but is gentle enough to use on sensitive teeth, with a sensor to let you know if you are using too much pressure. There’s also an option to have the brush power increase gradually over your first couple of uses so that you can adjust to the different feel of an electric brush. The toothbrush has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to two weeks per charge, which would be a good option for those who travel.
Oral-B Pro 1000
The Oral-B Pro 1000, unlike the other two toothbrushes, uses a circular motion to clean your teeth, and automatically stops if you are brushing too hard. Another great feature of the Oral-B toothbrush is that it’s compatible with different brush heads, meaning that you can further customize your brush to your specific dental needs, such as whitening or flossing. This brush, like the Sonicare, is rechargeable.
At first glance, the Quip toothbrush looks different than the other two brushes - it’s a lot
slimmer, resembling the manual toothbrush that you may already be familiar with. This electric toothbrush does not need to be charged, as it is battery powered, another great feature for travelers. The company also offers Quip offers a subscription service where every three months, you are sent new brush heads, toothpaste, and floss.
Both Electric and Manual toothbrushes can be effective in brushing your teeth, but if you’re interested in trying something new in your oral hygiene routine, consider going electric!