Rachel Nelson, RDH
Why use an Electric Toothbrush?
- Improved Plaque Removal: Studies have shown an improvement in plaque removal which can also reduce your chances of gingivitis.
- Simple Use: For those with dexterity limitations, electric toothbrushes are created with those in mind; from larger handles to powered head rotation, almost anyone can enjoy the benefits of a more thorough cleaning.
- Built-in Pressure Sensors and Timers: Oftentimes we do not notice “toothbrush abrasion” until we go to our dental appointments. This occurs when we use too much pressure and end up doing more harm than good. Many of the new powered toothbrushes provide a built-in sensor to tell us when our pressure is too great, and some even provide a timer so we are not tempted to work overtime.
- Optional cleaning “modes”: If you desire whiter teeth, there’s a mode for that. There are also many other options based on your preference or need. Sensitive teeth are no longer a reason not to use one, as there is an option for that. If you have sensitive teeth or inflammed gums, the massage mode may be best for you. Regular cleaning and deep cleaning modes are also provided.
- Environmentally more friendly: If you are changing out your toothbrush at the recommended every 3 months, think about how much plastic is being thrown away over the course of a lifetime. While eventually you will have to replace the body of your power toothbrush, the only thing you should have to replace for a long time is the head, which is smaller than a full size manual toothbrush, and therefore less harmful to the environment.
- Child Friendly: Most stores, and many of the top companies such as Oral B, provide a large selection of child-size electric toothbrushes. There is a variety of options, some with Disney or other classic characters on them, some that play music, and others that can be linked to smart appliances such as phones or tablets to unlock fun games. This is a great way to introduce children while young to the importance of a healthy homecare routine while allowing them to have fun while doing it.
Where to Purchase
- Best Buy
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Sam’s Club
Caring for your Electric Toothbrush
Regular maintenance should include rinsing the head with water or mouthrinse and placing in an upright position to air dry. Some companies, such as Sonicare, offer toothbrush head sanitizer. Like the whole of a manual toothbrush, the head of your electric toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months; should the bristles become frayed, or in some cases if the color starts to fade, replace sooner. The body should be rinsed with water, unless otherwise directed, and gently wiped down. Your toothbrush should be stored in a dry environment away from other toothbrushes to avoid transfer of bacteria.
Brands of Electric Toothbrush
Dental professionals have taken an interest in the increasing popularity of electric toothbrushes. Below are some of the top brands recommended:
- Oral B
When choosing an electric toothbrush, it is always important to do your own research. Many studies and reviews are available online, many of which are done by dentists and other dental professionals themselves. Next time you are at the dentist, ask your hygienist what kind of toothbrush is right for you.
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