With all the advertising for fancy oral hygiene products, it’s becoming a little more difficult to decipher what gadgets are truly worth the extra expense. Below you’ll find some information to help you make the best decision for you and your family for teeth cleaning.
Manual toothbrushes are rather boring, but cost only a few dollars. You might even get a free one on your 6-month check-up. Brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes will give your teeth approximately 600 brush strokes.
Electric toothbrushes are fun, especially for kids. Some have replaceable batteries while others may use a charging station, and can cost around $15. For children who are disinterested in brushing their teeth, giving them an electric toothbrush in a fun shape or favorite color can help encourage routine brushing. Electric toothbrushes rotate the bristles between 3,000 and 7,500 motions per minute, which is approximately 6,000 to 15,000 brush strokes during each brushing.
Sonic toothbrushes are the Rolls Royce of toothbrushes, costing upwards of $100 depending on the brand and model. These toothbrushes are great for technology lovers who need that extra boost of motivation to brush up, as well as individuals who suffer from a decrease in motor skills (such as someone with arthritis). Sonic toothbrushes replicate 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute, equating to 60,000 to 80,000 brush strokes each time you brush up.
So what does all this mean? Truthfully, it really comes down to preference and brushing technique. If used correctly, a manual toothbrush can be just as effective as a sonic toothbrush. What’s most important is that you brush with the bristles at a 45 degree angle, use gentle motion without too much pressure (don’t over-scrub!), and make sure the brush reaches all surfaces. If an electric or high-end sonic toothbrush helps you or your family achieve these goals easier or better than a manual toothbrush, it may very well be worth the extra expense.
Scottsdale Dentist, Reem Kidess can assist you with teeth cleaning, family dental care, cosmetic dentistry or sedation dentistry. Call (480) 991-2290 to set up an appointment.