Is A Sonic Electric Toothbrush Better Than a Manual Toothbrush? 

Most studies will show that electric (powered) toothbrushes clean more effectively than manual toothbrushes.  So should everyone pitch their trusty manual brush? NO! The vast majority of our patients have adequate home care with traditional  manual toothbrushes.

Electric (powered) toothbrushes have built in features that make home care more intuitive:

  • 1. Timers- Reminds you how long to brush each part "quadrant" of your mouth.
  • 2. Pressure indicators- preventing you from brushing too aggresively, overbrushing can be very damaging to teeth and lead to recession and sensitivity
  • 3. Oscillating head: Using a circular bristle design that spins back and forth removing plaque and tarter. 
  • 4. Sonic wave technology: Use sonic waves to remove plaque and tarter.
  • 5. Color Indicators:  Tell you when to replace the head of the brush.

Toothbrush Wars: Manual Versus Electric

The key to healthy teeth, in addition to your semiannual dental checkups and following a nutritious diet, is good oral hygiene. Every dentist will recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. “Don’t forget to floss!” I remind my patients. So you visit the store in search of the best toothbrush that will keep your pearly whites clean. But then you find yourself standing in the middle of the aisle staring at a myriad of toothbrushes – purple, green, kid size, electric, even ones that sing. Which one should you buy? I recommend buying a toothbrush that you will use regularly (and that displays the ADA Seal of Acceptance).  Believe it or not, both manual and electric toothbrushes can thoroughly clean your teeth. There are, however, patients who do benefit from powered toothbrushes. If you experience difficulty using a manual toothbrush due to health issues, you may find a powered one easier to use. If brushing your teeth is easy and fun, the less likely you are to skip on the cleaning!

Periodontal Disease Patients

To prevent and slow down periodontal disease damage, studies show that soft head toothbrushes are more effective. In one study, for example, individuals who used a soft toothbrush had less exposed tooth below the gum line, while hard brush users had more damage to their gums. There are other studies that suggest a rotation- oscillation toothbrush (where the bristles circulate and move back and forth) is more effective than a manual toothbrush. And if a periodontal patient is suffering from severe arthritis or other mobility issues, a powered toothbrush feels easier to use, allowing the patient to brush regularly. Overall, however, there is no significant difference between powered and manual toothbrushes in preventing gum disease. It’s proper brushing, flossing, and annual dental cleanings that may prevent tooth and gum damage. Even advanced periodontitis can be slowed down with proper care. This is why finding a toothbrush that feels more convenient for you is important in maintaining a healthy smile.  

Orthodontic Patients

My hygienists and I remind our patients that maintaining good oral hygiene is a challenge during ortho treatment. The reason? Brackets and archwires often trap food particles, making it extremely important to brush your teeth thoroughly and frequently. However, the horizontal archwires tend to obstruct the normal path of the bristle. Here is where an electric oscillating-rotating toothbrush comes to the rescue! Picking an oscillating-rotating toothbrush will significantly improve plaque levels and gingival bleeding, because it can loosen and remove trapped food. But make sure you use a special, orthodontic toothbrush head. Even if you choose a manual brush, the ortho head is ideal because it gently and effectively cleans around the ortho appliances. Its “V” shaped bristles can maneuver with ease around brackets and wires, helping keep teeth and gums clean. I recommend an Oral-B electric toothbrush with an orthodontic toothbrush head. For best results, guide the brush to all parts of your mouth to reach each tooth.

Pediatric Patients

Getting your toddler to brush his or her teeth can be a challenge. This is why it is important to pick a toothbrush that will boost your child’s interest in regular brushing. Remember, to get gunk out, you must brush for two minutes, twice a day! Manual toothbrushes get the job done because they reach multiple teeth at once. Electric toothbrushes may do a more thorough job because they clean one tooth at a time, but the patient must have patience. Whether you select a manual or a powered toothbrush, make sure you pick one with the ADA Seal of Approval. I also recommend a soft head with rounded bristles, and, of course, a child-sized brush head and handle. Choosing a toothbrush that plays music may not be a bad idea. Brushing your teeth should be a fun activity, so if your child wants a glow-in-the-dark, music-playing toothbrush, I say, “Go for it!”

Two minutes, twice a day. What could be simpler, right? The ADA recommends we all brush our teeth for two minutes twice a day, but for kids, this simple task isn’t always so simple. Little hands can struggle to work a toothbrush well enough to reach every nook and cranny on every tooth. Also, a million distractions can keep kids from standing still for those couple of minutes. Worry not! We’re here to help.

If your child’s brushing habits could use some help, consider these 5 benefits of using an electric toothbrush for kids.

1. Electric toothbrushes remove plaque more effectively than manual toothbrushes.

Plaque is the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on our teeth. When kids brush, we want them to brush away all the plaque! Electric toothbrushes are more efficient for plaque removal than manual toothbrushes. Why? They all use some form of oscillating or vibrating bristles. Depending on the brand and model, an electric toothbrush delivers 8,000 to 25,000 strokes per minute to teeth! A human hand just can’t compete with that many strokes! Each stroke is a chance to scrape away plaque that can cause bad breath and lead to tartar and decay.

2. Electric toothbrushes can stop kids from brushing too hard.

Brushing your teeth takes fine-motor control. Kids have to place the toothbrush at the right angle and move it while applying the right amount of pressure. Many kids 7 years and younger don’t have the coordination needed to put this all together. Also, older kids often believe that brushing harder means brushing better. In reality, brushing too hard can damage tooth enamel. Many quality electric toothbrushes come with pressure alerts. If your child brushes too hard, they stop working! In addition, kids can brush with more of a slide-n-glide motion with the brush which takes less fine motor control.

3. Kids are more likely to brush the full two minutes with an electric toothbrush.

Two minutes can seem like an eternity to kids. With so many toys and screens around, it’s easy to get distracted. Some electronic toothbrushes turn brushing into a game. Consider Sonicare’s brush for kids, for example. The toothbrush connects to a tablet via Bluetooth. Then the app tracks how long your child brushes and rewards them with points when they brush the full two minutes. They can use these points to feed or customize their online brushing pet, Sparkly. Kids love this app so much that some parents complain that kids like playing with Sparkly a little too much

4. An electric toothbrush can encourage kids to brush those hard-to-reach places.

When brushing, it’s easy to miss some of those hard-to-reach places. First, they help by doing a better job in a shorter amount of time in those spots (see point 1 above). Second, once again, many brushes come with Bluetooth apps that track WHERE kids brush. The app lights up and shows kids where they brushed and where they missed! Once kids are aware they missed a spot, they can move their brush to fix it.

5. Many kids find brushing with an electric brush more fun than using a manual brush.

A manual toothbrush, even when it comes with a child’s favorite character, doesn’t seem exciting in today’s high-tech world. Many electric toothbrushes, even ones for teens and adults, come with high-tech options. Personalized 3-D brushing models, for instance, track where you brush. Timers remind you how long to stay in one spot. Pressure sensors keep you from brushing too hard. Add fun online pets to the mix who keep you company while you brush and kids can’t wait to brush. In short, many kids associate high-tech with “fun” and “better.” If your child finds brushing fun, they are much likely to brush without any fights!

When Can My Child Use an Electric Toothbrush?

Now that you know the benefits, let’s cover the when and which brush. Generally, it’s a good idea to use a manual toothbrush with your child when they’re under three years old. You’re your child is ready, make sure to pick a quality, age-appropriate brush.

How do I Pick the Right Electric Toothbrush for My Child?

There are many different brands of electric toothbrushes out there, but Sonicare and Oral-B are the most popular with dentists. Both brands of toothbrushes have their merits. However, research suggests that Sonicare toothbrushes do a better job of removing plaque. Also, their toothbrushes have longer battery life than Oral-B brushes. As dentists, we find Sonicare’s slide-n-glide brushing approach easier for kids to master, too. For these reasons, we recommend Sonicare toothbrushes at Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry.

Which Sonicare Toothbrush is Right for My Child?

Sonicare brushes come in different sizes with different pulse rates. Thus, it’s important to pick the right brush for your child’s age.

  • 3 to 7 years old: Sonicare For Kids sonic toothbrush. It’s long-lasting, reasonably priced, and has two different sizes of replaceable heads. Plus, it’s got a fantastic toothbrush app for kids that shows them where to brush. It also notifies them if they’re brushing too hard. It uses a lower vibration rate than other brushes, so kids have an easier time adjusting to the sensation.
  • 8 to 12 Years Old: Sonicare Easy Clean has stronger vibrations than Sonicare for Kids brush.  It’s simpler to use than the FlexCare Platinum, too, because it only has an on and off button.  This no-bells, no-whistles model keeps the price low while offering superior cleaning!
  • Over 7 Years Old and Kids with Braces: Sonicare FlexCare Platinum sonic toothbrush. Older kids can typically up the vibration rate for even more cleaning power. This electric toothbrush model has a Smart Sensor and personalized 3-D Mouth Map. We believe this brush is a must, too, for kids with braces. The sonic action help clean those tight places brackets and wires can form.
  • Teens and Adults: Sonicare DiamondClean sonic toothbrush. This electric toothbrush offers five unique cleaning modes. Think of this toothbrush as the Cadillac of brushes!

No matter your child’s age, you should talk to your dentist about the toothbrush you’re considering. They know your child’s mouth and dental needs well, so they’ll likely have some helpful insight on the matter.

Are drug store spin toothbrushes a good alternative for my child?

The short answer is no. Here are three good reasons to avoid the battery-operated toothbrushes at your local pharmacy:

1. They don’t have the same safety record as quality brushes do.

For example, the FDA issued a warning against Crest Spinbrush models. In some cases, replaceable heads and bristles came off while the toothbrush was in use. Of course, this presents a choking hazard!

2. We can’t say they will give the same results.

These brushes haven’t had the same clinical testing that Sonicare brushes have. As a result, we can’t say for sure that they give the same level of results.

3. They are more expensive and wasteful in the long run.

Many of these “inexpensive” brushes eat batteries faster than Cookie Monster eats cookies! The cost and waste of replacement batteries will add up! You can’t change the head on some models, either, so you have to buy a whole new brush every few months. In short, we suggest you steer clear of them.

Before selecting an electric toothbrush for your child, consult with your pediatric dentist or orthodontist.

Your child’s dentist knows their oral health and hygiene needs best.  Consult with them to select the best brush that fits your child’s needs.

Purchasing a power (electric) toothbrush which is approved by the American Dental Association is a smart investment in your oral health. While power brushes are more effective at cleaning than manual brushes, there is a bit of a learning curve associated with using them correctly.

First of all, there are two main types of power brushes. This blog is referring to rechargeable brushes costing around $40-150 and not the inexpensive disposable spin brushes which are not rechargeable. Both types of rechargeable brushes work in the same way in that the motion of the brush head itself does the work. All you have to do is properly guide the brush.

The two main styles of electric toothbrushes are rotation-oscillation and side-to-side sonic. While both are equally effective, the type of brush you choose is personal preference. It’s wise to visit a store with models on display so that you can see and touch the brush and experience the movement of the brush head. Furthermore, many dental practices have display models you can try in your mouth with a disposable brush head. Read and follow the instructions outlined in the manual, but following is how to use a power brush properly:

  • Select the appropriate brush head for your needs- the oscillating type brushes typically have specialized brush heads which target your specific needs. Some examples are heads for orthodontics (braces), sensitive teeth, in-between the teeth, and other various heads with extra features. The sonic brush type has one type of brush head which is shaped like a traditional brush. There is absolutely nothing wrong with not offering different head types. Mostly, it’s personal preference.
  • Wet the brush head to soften the bristles
  • Apply an ADA approved toothpaste. Choose the paste recommended by your dental professional.
  • Insert the brush into your mouth and turn it on. Don’t turn it on before you place it in your mouth or you may end up with a mess.
  • Develop your brushing pattern- you can use any routine in which you feel comfortable to ensure that you don’t miss any areas. Some people prefer to begin on the lower right outside, guide to the lower left outside, then lower left inside to lower right inside. After finishing the outside and inside of the teeth, progress to the chewing surface right to left. Others like to divide their mouth into four quadrants and make the same pattern, outside, inside, chewing surface. You will hold the brush handle horizontally for the back teeth and vertically for the front teeth. Most quality brushes have a timer which may beep or vibrate after each 30-second interval, and you should spend at least 30 seconds on each quadrant. Most models also have a safety mechanism (the brush handle will beep or vibrate, or the brush head will stall) which won’t allow you to apply too much pressure.
  • Wherever you choose to begin, place the brush head at a 45-degree angle to your gumline keeping the bristles in contact with the tooth surface and gumline. The most difficult part of transitioning from a manual brush to electric is breaking the habit of the traditional way of moving the brush. Remember, the power brush is going to do the work for you, so your only job is to guide it by using a sweeping motion from tooth to tooth without applying too much When you reach the front teeth, position the brush vertically and gently guide the bristles one tooth at a time. On the biting surfaces of the front and back teeth, use a gentle back and forth motion.
  • The last part of the mouth to clean is the tongue and palate (roof of the mouth). Hold the brush parallel to the floor and use a gentle back to front motion.

After you’ve finished brushing thoroughly, rinse the brush head with warm water to remove any toothpaste being careful not to get any water near the charging receptacle. Store your brush in the casing provided by the manufacturer to help maintain the integrity of the head. Always inspect the brush head before usage making sure it doesn’t have any extreme fraying, loose bristles, or jagged edges. You should replace the brush head after three months of use or after an illness. The transition from a manual to power brush is easy once you get accustomed to the movement of the head and regular usage will make your dental visits much more pleasant.

Who wants to spend more time in the dental chair than they have to?  That’s why preventive dental care is so important. If you don’t care for your teeth and gums now, you could pay for it later with costly restoration work. You already know the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day, and you can do it the manually by using a manual toothbrush or tap into the power of an electric toothbrush.  Are there benefits to using an electric toothbrush over a manual one?

Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush

According to research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, electric toothbrushes outperform manual brushes. In this study, over 80% of the patients who switched to an electric toothbrush had better oral hygiene after making the switch. Not surprisingly, more dentists are recommending electric toothbrushes to their patients these days.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t do a decent job cleaning your teeth and gums with a manual toothbrush. Using an electric toothbrush offers an advantage when it comes to removing plaque and reducing the risk of gum disease, and it’s better able to remove plaque from those harder to reach areas.

There’s the added benefit that some people are more compliant when they use an electric toothbrush, because they don’t have to work as hard. Electric toothbrushes are also timed to clean for a full two minutes. How many people actually brush their teeth that long with a manual toothbrush?

With a manual toothbrush, some people get overly aggressive and scrub their teeth and gums with too much force. This type of pressure over time can lead to gum recession and tooth sensitivity. This usually isn’t a problem with an electric toothbrush since you need minimal pressure to get the job done.

Electric toothbrushes also work well for people who have limited use of their hands due to arthritis since less manual motion of the toothbrush is required. With an electric toothbrush, you simply move the brush from tooth to tooth. Older people also may have more success using an electric toothbrush.

Are There Disadvantages to Using an Electric Toothbrush?

The biggest disadvantage is price.  Electric toothbrushes can cost anywhere from $35.00 to $100.00 or more. Not everyone can afford that kind of price tag, but when you consider the cost of restorative dental work, it’s a good investment.

The bottom line?

Using an electric toothbrush has the advantage of removing plaque more effectively, which could reduce your risk of gum disease. You can still do a thorough cleaning with a manual toothbrush, but it takes a little more elbow work.  There’s also the risk of damaging the gums by being too aggressive with the brush.

If you’re a person who’s lazy about brushing your teeth and rarely brush for a full two minutes, an electric toothbrush will time the brushing for you and you won’t have to work as hard. Whichever you choose, keep brushing, flossing – and see your dentist regularly.

References: J. Am. Dent. Assoc. Vol. 131, N.3. 389-394.

Electric toothbrushes—you’ve seen commercials for them and walked past them in the aisle. You wonder, “Are they really worth the money?” When some models cost as much as $180, it’s best to do your research before upgrading.

Let’s find out more about manual vs. electric toothbrush traits:

Advantages of Manual Toothbrushes

  • Less expensive
  • No need to charge or replace batteries
  • Easier to travel with
  • Easier to replace

Advantages of Electric Toothbrushes

  • Generally equipped with toothbrush timers
  • Can be more comfortable for people who have arthritis or problems holding a toothbrush
  • Rotating and oscillating bristle heads can effectively reach and clean trouble spots

What Current Research Says About Manual Vs. Electric Toothbrushes

The American Dental Association says both kinds of toothbrushes are effective if you brush for two minutes twice a day. But, a Cochrane Oral Health Group review found that electric brushes have a slight edge. The study saw:

  • an 11% reduction in plaque after 1-3 months of use
  • a 21% reduction in plaque after 3 months of use
  • a 6% reduction in gingivitis after 1-3 months of use
  • and an 11% reduction in gingivitis after 3 months of use

The long-term oral health benefits of electric toothbrushes are still unclear, however, this information allows us to see that electric brushes do have a slight advantage over manual brushes.

Benefits Dependent on Usage

No matter which option you choose, a clean mouth is dependent on proper brush use. Some electric brushes move side-to-side, while others move in a circular motion. Some manual toothbrushes have larger heads and layered bristles. Regardless of style, you need to brush twice a day for two minutes to see any benefits.

You should also use a brush with soft bristles to prevent gum damage. Too much pressure from a toothbrush can wear enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. Brushing should include all surfaces—top of your mouth, sides, your tongue, cheeks. The ADA even recommends chewing while brushing.

Wondering which powered brush is best for your mouth? Use this guide from the ADA to check for electric brushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. These electric toothbrushes have to meet specific standards set by the ADA.

Still not convinced an electric toothbrush is right for you? That’s ok! You can use this guide from the ADA to check for manual brushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, too.

Talk to your dentist before making any changes. Ensure you’re choosing the best toothbrush for your smile, and keeping a clean toothbrush routine.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones? Most dentists agree that they are the best way to keep your mouth clean and free from plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that is constantly forming on your teeth that can easily be removed with proper brushing.

Consider doing research prior to buying an electric toothbrush. Simply purchasing one does not guarantee great results. Ask your hygienist to demonstrate the proper technique for brushing. There are several types of toothbrushes available. A battery powered toothbrush is not an electric toothbrush. It is similar to a manual toothbrush. The battery power makes the bristles vibrate a little and may offer some extra cleaning. A true Electric Toothbrush plugs into the wall. The handle keeps the charge. You change out the brush heads every 3-6 months. The heads come in different sizes and types. Electric brushes also come with various features including variable speeds, gum massage, special modes for sensitive teeth, whitening, pressure sensors and reminders to replace the brush head.

5 Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush:

1. They clean your teeth more thoroughly - electric brushes remove plaque better and faster than manual brushes. They are also able to get to hard to reach areas like the backs of molars. The American Journal of Dentistry and the British Dental Journal recommend electric toothbrushes. Regular patients are fans of the electric brushes too. In a survey of 16,000 patients published by the American Dental Association, more than 80% of them reported they improved their oral cleanliness after they switched from a manual brush to an electric one.

2. They keep you from brushing too hard - many of the electric toothbrushes have an alert that lets you know when you are brushing too hard. Some of them even slow down when too much pressure is applied. This may help avoid gum injury.

3. They are easier to use for those with dexterity issues - they are easier to hold since they are larger. The powered brushes do the cleaning for you.

4. They have built-in timers - The average brushing time for most Americans is 31-65 seconds. The amount of time recommended for brushing is 2 minutes, twice per day. You should spend at least 30 seconds on the upper right, lower right, upper left and lower left sections of your mouth. Since the electric brushes have built in timers, it is easy to ensure you are brushing for the appropriate amount of time. Some brushes even emit a beep after 30 seconds so you know to move to another section of your mouth.

5. They are greener - it takes 14-42 replacement heads for an electric brush to equal the amount of plastic in one manual brush.

Most people may feel that the biggest drawback for an electric toothbrush is the cost. There are different varieties available and the prices vary. Since they need to be replaced far less often than manual brushes, the cost may not be much more in the long run. Having a healthier, cleaner mouth is worth the investment.

Our office recommends and sells the Oral B Triumph Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Technology. We highly recommend using an electric brush over a manual one even if you do not purchase the brush from our office.

Here Are 8 Great Facts About Electronic Toothbrushes

A lot of people love electric toothbrushes but there are still many that do not know whether it is worth buying one. You probably know about a few of the benefits of electric toothbrushes, but you will want to know about a few facts.

Below are facts about electric toothbrushes, and some may be common knowledge, while others are not. With that said, check out these facts before you decide whether or not you should get this type of toothbrush.

1. It was in the 60s when the first electric toothbrush arrived in the United States, but the very first one was invented in Switzerland. The person who invented it was a doctor by the name of Philippe Guy Woog. His toothbrushes were first manufactured in Switzerland and eventually in France for the company Broxo SA, which is one of the reasons the first one was called Broxodent.

When the electric toothbrush arrived in America, it was still called Broxodent but the company that marketed it was Squibb. However, throughout the years many other brands have emerged and today there are dozens and dozens of brands that produce and market electric toothbrushes. Not only that, but the devices have come a long way in terms of features because today they feature compact designs, quality bristles, and rechargeable batteries to name a few.

2. The first electric toothbrush didn’t have rechargeable batteries. As previously mentioned, today’s products do usually have rechargeable batteries, which means you can use it without plugging it in, which wasn’t the case with the Broxodent. In fact, you have to plug it into a wall outlet. Line voltage is what powered the toothbrush.

3. Electric toothbrushes are available in two types, regardless of the many brands that sell them. It doesn’t matter how these toothbrushes are marketed, they generally fall into two main categories. Those two categories is sonic and electric, and both have their own set of benefits. Keep in mind that even though the toothbrushes fall into one of those categories, some are far better than others and have more features, even if they are in the same category.

Electric toothbrushes are designed to replicate hand motions, which means it does the bulk of the work for you when it comes to brushing your teeth. The toothbrush can rotate from anywhere from 3000 motions per minute to 7,500, which is not something you can do brushing manually. Also, the bristles on electric ones will either move back and forth or rotate.

Sonic toothbrushes are considered to be a subset of electric ones, but they are far faster. In fact, the top sonic toothbrushes are capable of delivering up to 40,000 strokes every single minute when using an electric toothbrush properly. These brushes are known for their rapid motion, which is one of the reasons they are so effective at removing plaque.

4. When compared to regular toothbrushes, electric ones are far faster, which we previously mentioned. However, to put things in perspective, when you brush your teeth manually and properly, then you can deliver around 250-350 strokes every single minute. This means if you spend two minutes brushing your teeth, the chances are you won’t be able to hit your teeth with more than 700 strokes. When it comes to regular toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes, electric ones are far more effective at cleaning your teeth because of how fast they are at delivering strokes.

5. Pressure sensors are found on some electric toothbrushes, which is a useful feature because they will prevent you from applying too much pressure to your teeth when you brush them. If you brush too hard and aggressively, then your enamel could become damaged, and so can your gums. Sensors will usually make a sound to warn you that you are going to hard, while some electric toothbrushes’ sensors will stop the bristles from moving. If you do get an electric toothbrush, then consider buying one that has a pressure sensor because it could help you prevent damage to your teeth and gums.

6. There are a few studies that show electric toothbrushes do a better job at reducing plaque buildup and at reducing your risk of gingivitis. In fact, there was a study in 2003 that took a look at electric toothbrushes and the conclusion was that using them resulted in less incidents of gingivitis and less plaque buildup when compared to brushing your teeth the regular way. However, it is worth pointing out that the same study showed that brushing your teeth manually and using powered brushes can both be effective, but only when you brush your teeth properly.

7. Bluetooth capability is found on some electric toothbrushes, and this is relatively new technology in regards how it is used with the toothbrushes. If you use an electric toothbrush that has Bluetooth, then data can be sent from the toothbrush to an app and then you can see how much pressure you used when you were brushing and how long you have brushed your teeth for. The reason why some toothbrushes have this technology is to help you develop good brushing habits and techniques. Some people might not care for a Bluetooth enabled toothbrush, but many people do find it useful.

8. Electric toothbrushes are good for those who have dexterity problems because they require very little effort but they are very effective. For example, if you have arthritis, then you might find it easier to use an electric toothbrush than you would a regular toothbrush. However, do keep in mind that electric toothbrushes tend to cost quite a bit more than regular toothbrushes, but they are well worth the price.

As you can see, there are quite a few facts about electric toothbrushes you might not have been aware of. In short, they are worth the money and they are usually far more effective at brushing and cleaning your teeth than traditional tooth brushes. If you want to experience the benefits of owning an electric toothbrush and impressing your dentist with a clean mouth, then buy one today. Just make sure you compare as many as possible because not all of them at created equal.

Just as they give you cleaner floors and clothes, your appliances can also help you have cleaner teeth. Electric toothbrushes take some of the movement out of brushing for you.

We talked to two dentists—Ana Ferraz-Dougherty of Rolling Oaks Dental in San Antonio, and Colleen DeLacy of Lexington Dental Care and Sandusky Dental Care in Michigan—about how electric toothbrushes fit into your daily brushing routine. Like any appliance, electric toothbrushes must be used properly if you want to harness the full benefits.

Here are some of their recommendations on proper electric toothbrush use:

  • Brush properly. “Make sure you’re getting the inside and outside, the chewing surfaces,” Ferraz-Dougherty said. This video from the American Dental Association will walk you through the proper brushing technique if you need a refresher. Remember that an electric toothbrush is designed to do the work for you. “You don’t have to do that traditional movement,” DeLacy said. “You just have to guide the brush head.”
  • Store the electric toothbrush properly. Electric toothbrushes should be stored upright without a cover. “Don’t enclose it in anything,” Ferraz-Dougherty said. “The warm, moist environment promotes bacterial growth. It means you’re not really cleaning your teeth if there’s bacteria on your toothbrush.”
  • Change the brush heads regularly. Change it every four months or once the bristles show signs of wear. “Soft bristles will be easier on your enamel,” Ferraz-Dougherty said.
  • Choose the right-sized brush. The brush head should be comfortable and an appropriate size for your teeth, Ferraz-Dougherty said. “People who have larger teeth would want a larger brush.
  • Watch the pressure. Pressing too hard while brushing can hurt your gums. “Some of the newer models have built-in sensors that will give you an alert if you’re applying too much pressure,” DeLacy said.

Individuals who have trouble with the physical movements required for brushing might benefit from an electric toothbrush. “They’re good for people with limited movement in their hands, and for children who don’t have manual dexterity,” Ferraz-Dougherty said.

When brushing with an electric toothbrush, DeLacy recommends dividing your mouth into quadrants and spending a total of two minutes brushing. That means you’ll spend 30 seconds in each quadrant. Some electric toothbrushes have built-in timers to help you meet your brushing goals.

Electric toothbrushes are more and more widely used in our daily life, and have great potential to replace traditional toothbrushes. How to maintain electric toothbrush?

Why the toothbrush can't be turned on?

First of all, it is the most easily ignored and directly affects the life of the toothbrush. After more than a year of use, some users have problems. The machine cannot be turned on, and all the buttons not work. Generally speaking, this is the handle brush has broken into the water, not the battery problem.

The solution is simple: take your brush head off every night, even if you only have one brush, or just use an electric toothbrush. After the brush head is separated from the brush handle, the position will be naturally dry. The mold will hardly grow in the dry environment.

Electric toothbrush head maintenance

To be honest, the brush head pricing is very expensive, and the official recommendation is that after three months, the blue indicator part will turn white and need to be replaced. But without the official expensive UV disinfection cabinet, it's hard to get blue indicates the bristles in three months remaining half white, white said bacteria to brush a head, represents the pollution state of brush a head.

If you don't want to buy the UV disinfection cabinet or don't know the effect on the market if the less known and inferior brand of UV disinfection box, I have a cheap and easy way to soak brush head, here I use the mouthwash. I tested, can probably make the bristles half white at a slower pace, can hold three month at a half white state. If disrelish mouthwash also trouble, can use thick salt water or alcohol, but need to pay attention to change regularly.

How to clean the bottom of handle?

Finally, does not affect the life and the effect is only appearance with a plaque at the bottom of the handle. Because every time I use after the brush handle vertically in the bathroom, itself is wet environment, then brush a body of water flow to the bottom, is a fungus liquid culture medium, after one year, the bottom of the handle has a black plaque, and the spots with general method is hard to figure out.

For example, I have used waste toothbrush with brush, such as washing powder detergent for ten minutes, nothing less. I can’t stand it the day before yesterday, really make a determined effort to use diluted bleaching liquid stains in the soap box, and then put in the vertical brush handle, probably buried plaque height , put probably 20 hours, in fact is the noon when I forget to take out. After taking out, I found that the plaque was almost cleared. Bleaching liquid stains supermarket are sold, a large bottle of a few dollars. 

In fact, the bleaching liquid is hypochlorous acid bleaching , soak ability to remove plaque is very good, the brush handle to remove plaque part also can faintly see a little bit of color will be a little shallow than the surrounding blue, should be destroyed by plaque rubber parts.

Why choose electric toothbrush?

Cavities are due to plaque constantly corrosion teeth, dental plaque is oral anaerobic bacteria colony. Common mechanical brushing your teeth is useless, big trucks also can not pull open plaque adhesion, but sonic electric toothbrush can use the high frequency vibration produces a large number of bubbles, the bubbles of the plaque of oxygen can make anaerobic loose fall off.

Before I can only use the dentist cleaning to remove plaque, but after using the electric toothbrush, one and a half months, the two front teeth inside of mandibular dental plaque were brushed off. To this day, never come back. So stop thinking electric toothbrushes are for the lazy and the nerd.

Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Toothbrush

Good oral hygiene isn’t only necessary for good dental health. It can also affect your overall well-being. 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 electric toothbrushes 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.

You may also be able to choose a number of specialized brush heads, depending on your specific oral health needs. There are a wide range of brush heads to help personalize your brushing experience, each delivering a different type of benefit:

  • CrossAction, Oral-B’s most advanced brush head, to remove up to 100% more plaque* with its perfectly angled bristles
  • 3D White to polish for whiter teeth starting from day 1. It whitens by removing surface stains thanks to its polishing cup
  • Sensitive Clean for a gentle superior clean* thanks to its extra soft bristles for people with sensitive gums
  • FlossAction provides a superior interdental clean* with its advanced MicroPulse bristles

The Right Electric Toothbrush for You

Once you’ve decided what type of electric toothbrush you want, you should investigate the availability of different cleaning modes to adjust the setting, depending on your current needs. For most everyday plaque removal, you’ll use a daily clean mode. However, you may have sensitive gums and might benefit from a sensitive mode that caters to this particular need by producing less movements. You’ll also find the Pro-clean mode for longer brushing times to clean all the hard to reach areas; the gum care mode to stimulate gums; the whitening mode to help whiten teeth; and the tongue cleaner mode to help address bad breath issues.

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. Sonic-Toothbrushes’ best models will automatically slow down the rotating speed if you are brushing too hard to help protect your gums. Finally, the new sonic-toothbrushes genius electric toothbrush offers a revolutionary benefit: it has a position detection technology that enables you to see which area of the mouth you have brushed and which you have not, so that you never miss a zone.