It’s important to take care of your electric toothbrush to make sure you get your best clean with every brush. Here are some tips on how to clean and take care of your electric toothbrush to keep your smile at its healthiest.

How to Clean Your Electric Toothbrush

Because one of the main purposes of a toothbrush is to remove bacteria from your mouth, it’s important to keep your toothbrush sanitary and free of bacteria.

Keep these tips in mind to keep your electric toothbrush clean and safe:

  • Keep it covered on the road, but not at home. When you travel, put your toothbrush in a travel toothbrush holder-don’t let it roll around uncovered in your suitcase or toiletry bag where it can pick up dust, dirt, and bacteria. But don’t store a toothbrush in a toothbrush holder at home-the chronically moist environment can promote bacteria growth. If you must use a covered toothbrush holder frequently, look for one with small holes to let air in. When at home, store your toothbrush upright in a cup or a toothbrush holder that allows it to air dry and has several openings to keep multiple toothbrushes separate.
  • Consider a sanitizer. There are commercially available "toothbrush sanitizers," but there’s no solid evidence to suggest that they actually keep toothbrushes cleaner than simply rinsing them with water after use and allowing them to dry. If you want to try a sanitizer, look for one that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for "reducing bacterial contamination that occurs naturally on toothbrushes." Be suspicious of sanitizing products that make unrealistic claims. And never try to clean your toothbrush by putting it in the dishwasher or microwave; the high temperatures can damage the brush.

Electric Toothbrush Storage and Maintenance

In addition to the tips above, you should rinse your electric toothbrush every day with tap water after use to remove toothpaste and debris.

  • Don’t over-brush. Putting too much pressure on your toothbrush can cause the bristles to wear out more quickly and be less effective when cleaning.
  • Store your toothbrush in an upright position to let it air-dry.

Sonic-Toothbrushes® Electric Toothbrush Tips

Replace your Sonic-Toothbrushes® Electric Toothbrush brush head every three months, or when the blue Indicator® bristles fade halfway to white, or earlier if you notice fraying. Simply pull the old brush head off your handle at a straight angle, and snap on a new brush head in the same manner.

  • If this is your first time using the product, you should fully charge the battery before using, which can take up to 16 hours.
  • Once your handle is fully charged, continue using your electric toothbrush until no charge is left. Then, fully charge it again instead of charging between each use. This will help your battery perform at its best longer.

The world of electric toothbrushes can sound complicated. But if you're looking for the best-and easiest-way to take care of your teeth, it's worth researching. Why? Because-unlike a manual brush-an electric brush does the work for you.

What are the Benefits of An Electric Toothbrush?

Simply stated, rechargeable electric toothbrushes (or "power" toothbrushes) provide superior plaque removal to regular manual toothbrushes. And because they provide the brushing action for you, many people find using power toothbrushes easier than using regular manual ones. Additionally, with so many different types and features available, it's easy to find one that suits your specific oral health needs.

Superior Plaque Removal

According to a 2005 independent study, "Brushes that worked with a rotation oscillation action removed more plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes in the short and long term... No other powered brush designs were consistently superior..." * Oral-B pioneered this oscillating, pulsating and cupping power technology in 1991 and has incorporated it into its premium power toothbrush range ever since.

Ease of Use

Whereas you have to move a regular manual toothbrush back and forth along your teeth, electric toothbrushes provide the cleaning action for you. That means you need only guide it along the surfaces of your teeth. Once they get the hang of it, many people find this method of brushing easier. Likewise, people with arthritis or other similar conditions may find using an electric toothbrush less painful. Electric toothbrushes may also help kids brush their teeth more effectively, but be sure to check the age recommendations on an electric toothbrush before letting your child use it.

Technology and Features

Generally rich in technology and features, some electric toothbrushes can even enable you to improve your brushing habits. And most come with convenient features like a brush head or toothbrush holder, bathroom counter storage units and travel toothbrush chargers. Hi-tech features may 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/pulsating and cupping, oscillating/rotating or sonic technology
  • Multiple brush head compatibility so you can choose which kind of bristle design you prefer

Why Choose Sonic-Toothbrushes?

Sonic toothbrushes are dentist-inspired and clinically proven to deliver a superior clean compared to a regular manual toothbrush. Their secret: the oscillating/rotating/pulsating power is known for today. As we continue to innovate and introduce new technologies, we always keep one goal in mind: Make it easy for you to get your best clean every time you brush.

More Cleaning Power

Electric Toothbrushes deliver up to 48,800 movements per minute, while a regular manual toothbrush can only deliver 300 to 600 movements per minute. The SONIC-TOOTHBRUSHES FL-21A removes 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

Pulsating Technology

Sonic-Toothbrushes' Electric Toothbrushes use clinically proven superior oscillating/rotating/pulsating technology. The brush head pulsates to loosen plaque and then oscillates and rotates to sweep the plaque away.

Dentist-Inspired Brush Head

Electric Toothbrushes make getting rid of plaque easier. The dentist-inspired, small, round brush head surrounds each tooth for an individualized clean, removing more plaque in hard-to-reach areas.

Two-Minute Timer

Most people underestimate the amount of time they should brush. With a manual toothbrush, it's easy to lose track of time. Dental professionals recommend brushing for two minutes, twice a day. That means each quadrant of your mouth gets 30 seconds of brush time. Sonic-Toothbrushes' Electric Toothbrushes include two-minute timers that take you through this routine, ensuring you get a complete clean every time you brush.

5 Modes 15 Experiences

FL-21A Electric Toothbrushes offer a varying number of modes, so you can choose your preferred way to get a thorough clean.

  • Daily Clean: Provides a superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush
  • Deep Clean: Extends brushing time to enhance results
  • Sensitive: Operates at a lower speed for a gentle clean
  • Massage: Designed to gently massage and stimulate gums
  • Whitening: Alternates speed to polish away stains

Visual Pressure Sensor

To promote healthy gums, FL-21A Electric Toothbrushes are designed with a built-in visual pressure sensor featuring audio and visual signals to alert you if too much force is applied while brushing.FL-21A Electric Toothbrushes take away the guesswork to ensure you get a thorough clean every day. Ready to make the switch? Get a Sonic-Toothbrushes Electric Toothbrush for you.


You might be wondering: Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones, really? Let's get one thing straight before diving in: Every time you use a toothbrush, you transform into a superhero. Well, for your mouth, anyway.

A toothbrush does the necessary job of vanquishing incredibly rude bacteria relentlessly working to mess up your oral health. “There’s a biofilm of bacteria that builds up in our mouths and our teeth and even in our gums. If it’s not removed, this biofilm becomes what we know as plaque,” dentist Maria Lopez Howell, D.D.S., an American Dental Association spokesperson, tells SELF. Plaque, which honestly has no chill, is “just forming all the time,” she adds. When not swept away frequently enough, plaque can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease, aka periodontitis), along with full-blown periodontitis. Without proper treatment, tooth decay and periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.

The good news is that, when topped with fluoride toothpaste to harden the surfaces of your teeth and protect against cavities, either electric or manual toothbrushes can help keep your mouth as sparklingly clean as possible. It really just depends on your situation.

Research will typically tell you electric toothbrushes have a slight edge, but it's honestly not that huge.

For example, a 2014 review published in the Cochrane Library examined 51 randomized controlled trials involving adults and/or children brushing their teeth with electric or manual toothbrushes for at least four weeks. Overall, electric toothbrushes seemed to have an edge; when compared with manual toothbrushes, “there was an 11 percent reduction in plaque at one to three months of use, and a 21 percent reduction in plaque when assessed after three months of use,” the review's authors concluded. “For gingivitis, there was a 6 percent reduction at one to three months of use and an 11 percent reduction when assessed after three months of use.”

However, the review's authors also noted that “the evidence relating to plaque and gingivitis was considered to be of moderate quality.” And though these numbers may make it seem like you should go buy an electric toothbrush ASAP, experts say that this type of percentage difference doesn't mean as much as you might think in practice.

“Most of these studies do show an electric brush of one sort or another removes a bit more bacteria than manual brush,” periodontist Steven Daniel, D.D.S., tells SELF. “But the differences tend to be pretty minimal. Not that they aren’t significant, but there’s not a huge black-and-white difference between being able to maintain good oral health using a manual toothbrush and an electric one.” Overall, the best toothbrush is whichever one you put in your hand twice a day to scrub away all that accumulated grossness.

With that said, an electric toothbrush makes more sense for some people than a manual version.

“One isn’t better than the other,” Dr. Howell says. “But sometimes the individual person will use one more easily than the other.” There are many varieties of electric toothbrushes out there. But instead of relying solely on a person to scrub plaque away, electric toothbrushes generally use vibration, rotation (going around in a circle), or oscillation (moving back and forth) to get the job done. They also tend to have larger handles than manual toothbrushes. These aspects make electric toothbrushes good options for people with dexterity issues due to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, or just aging in general.

Since the bristles on electric toothbrushes can sometimes be in thinner and pointier clusters, they can deliver the kind of targeted cleaning that can aid someone with braces or dental restorations, Dr. Daniel says. It may even just be that the vibrations intrigue an easily distracted kid, helping them spend the recommended two minutes brushing their teeth. And speaking of those two minutes, some electric toothbrushes actually have timers, which can be a great way to make sure you’re clocking all the QT your teeth and gums need.

Electric toothbrushes can also help if you brush your teeth and gums too hard, which can lead to gum recession that causes sensitivity while eating and drinking. Since electric toothbrushes do a lot of the work to remove plaque, putting too much pressure on your gums becomes less of an issue, Dr. Daniel says. Some even have pressure sensors that freeze the toothbrush’s motion if you’re pressing too hard.

No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, you should shop with a few guidelines in mind.

First, the American Dental Association recommends choosing toothbrushes with soft bristles, whether manual or electric. Anything harder can damage your gums and even form little notches in your teeth, Dr. Howell says. If you’re not sure where to start, you can look for toothbrushes with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, meaning they live up to the organization’s standards for safety and effectiveness. Here are the manual versions, and here are the electric ones.

During your twice-daily, two-minute brushings, the ADA suggests holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth and gum line, moving back and forth in short strokes, then tilting vertically and making up and down strokes on the insides of your teeth, too. (If you’re using an electric toothbrush, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.)

Beyond that, buy a new toothbrush every three to four months (or swap out the head of your electric toothbrush as instructed). “If those bristles are frayed, they’re not going to be able to get into the little crevices around each of your teeth and get the job done,” Dr. Howell says. “You won’t be as efficient in that plaque removal.”

The bottom line is that you don't automatically need an electric toothbrush for great oral health, but it can help in certain situations. “People have individual needs and abilities and skills. If an electric toothbrush helps them stay healthy and avoid having additional decay, it can wind up being a good investment,” Dr. Daniel says. “Sometimes it really makes a difference in people who are struggling to stay healthy but always on that ragged edge of falling back into disease and infection.” Otherwise? As Dr. Howell notes, “we’ve been brushing our teeth with manual toothbrushes forever, and it’s worked.”

Technology can make all facets of life easier — including your oral care routine. Tooth cleaning technology has made its way into patients' homes, too, with devices like sonic toothbrushes.

What Are Sonic Toothbrushes?

A sonic toothbrush is a type of electric toothbrush that uses specific technology to remove plaque and clean teeth. According to a study in the Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health, most electric toothbrushes emit ultrasound and sonic waves — as many as 28,000-38,000 strokes per minute — to vibrate the brush. The sonic waves massage the salivary glands, which increases saliva flow and assists with cleaning teeth.

A perfect example of a sonic brush is the our F-21A Electronic toothbrush, which using sensors and advanced algorithms and the brush can help you spot missed areas by tracking where and how you brush.

How To Choosing a Electric Toothbrush?

Choosing the right toothbrush is just as important as developing a good oral care regimen. Consider handle style (It should feel comfortable in your hand.), head shape and style of bristles. A toothbrush with a small head makes it easier to reach every spot in the mouth. And soft bristles will clean your teeth without damaging your gums or enamel.

Many people have opted for electric toothbrushes, meaning the brush head spins or vibrates. These brushes may be a good choice for patients with arthritis or other medical conditions, as the wide, comfortable handle is easy to grip. The power switches are easy to access, and many electric brushes feature a timer that ensures you brush for two minutes. Keep in mind you will need to charge an electric toothbrush, but the battery life often lasts at least several days.

Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes have some benefits over manual ones. A report published in Cochrane found that using an electric toothbrush resulted in more plaque removal and gingivitis reduction than using a manual toothbrush.

Proper Brushing Technique

Whether you opt for a sonic toothbrush or not, make sure you brush correctly to provide the best care for your teeth. Use short, gentle strokes, and pay extra attention to the gumline, back teeth, crowns, fillings and other restorative work. Clean specific sections in the following order:

  • Outer surfaces of upper teeth, then lower teeth
  • Inner surfaces of upper teeth, then lower teeth
  • Chewing surfaces
  • Tongue to keep your breath fresh

Once you've brushed for two minutes, don't forget to floss! Remember to change your toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every few months and immediately after recovering from a cold. No matter what type of toothbrush you prefer, make sure you brush and floss regularly and schedule professional cleanings with your dentist.

Change Your Electric Toothbrush Head Every Three to Four Months

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

Experts explain that no matter what type of toothbrush you use, its bristles can become frayed and worn and may lose their effectiveness.

And clinical research shows that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque than one that's worn out, ensuring that your brush is working its hardest to help keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Change Your Toothbrush Head When You Are Sick or Not Feeling Well

Toothbrush bristles do not kill bacteria in the mouth, protect you against disease or prevent you from getting sick.

So be sure to change your brush regularly for maximum effectiveness and to practice diligent hygiene, despite the type of toothbrush you're using.