Electric Toothbrush: How do you choose?

Author: Dr. Reem Kidess | Posted on with comments

electric toothbrushBrushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush can help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. With several types to choose from, it is crucial to make sure you choose the best electric toothbrush for you. They can also range in price from relatively inexpensive to much costlier electric toothbrushes, so it can be hard to know which electric toothbrush to purchase and how much to you should spend. Here are some tips to help you choose the right kind of electric toothbrush for you.

Types of Electric Toothbrush

Rotating
These types of toothbrushes have a group of bristles that turn and rotate. The bristles can be organized in a circle that rotates or individual sets of bristles that can spin. These types are the cheapest you can buy.

Pulsing
Some electric toothbrushes pulsate to make the head move back and forth against teeth while it is rotating. This helps remove plaque and is usually found on more costlier brushes.

Dual Head
As the name implies, these types of toothbrushes combine two heads in one. One section rotates and the other moves from side to side.

Top Electric Toothbrush Features

Here are key features to look for when buying an electric toothbrush:

Brushing timer
This helps guarantee that you brush your teeth for a complete two minutes which is the amount of time dentists recommend we must spend brushing our teeth. Some are automatically timed to stop after two minutes and others beep when it is time to stop.

Pressure Sensors
Severe brushing to remove plaque is not recommended. In fact, brushing your teeth too hard can do more damage than good. Pressure sensors let you know if you are brushing too harshly with either a light or beeping sound.

Replacing the brush head

It is recommended to change electric toothbrush heads once the bristles are worn out. Replacements are costly and worth buying in sets to keep the expense lower. Most electric toothbrushes can be used with a range of various brush heads.

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