Tips on Finding the Best Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrush, photo taken in Sweden
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Using an electric toothbrush is a great way to prevent a majority of dental problems, such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease and bad breath.  Unfortunately most of us don’t do a very good job of basic oral care at home. Using an electric toothbrush can alleviate many of the mistakes we make when brushing our teeth, from applying too much pressure to just not brushing long enough.  Here are some things to look for when you’re ready to buy the best electric toothbrush for yourself and your family.

The first thing to decide is if you want a standard electric toothbrush or a sonic electric toothbrush, such as the Sonicair.  The bristles on a standard electric toothbrush oscillate at about 7500 rpm, whereas on a sonic toothbrush it’s around 30,000 rpm.  The most significant difference however is the sonic toothbrush causes the fluids around the teeth to oscillate which causes a cleaning action up to 1/8th of an inch away from the bristles, this allows a sonic electric toothbrush to clean between teeth and below the gum line.  Keep in mind though that a sonic electric toothbrush can be quite expensive.

Let’s look at some of the features that are common on the best electric toothbrush.  On the basic level all electric toothbrushes have rotating, or another type of high speed brush movement.   The additional ‘bells and whistles’ however can assist you in proper brushing technique.

The first feature is a timer, the ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that a person brush for at least two minutes.  The best electric toothbrushes will have built in timers, either total time of 2-3 minutes, or a signal every 30 seconds to let you know to move to the next quadrant of your mouth.  This is a great feature to have if you never brush long enough.

The next feature to look at is a power setting.  This isn’t a necessary feature since obviously the most effective setting is full power.  The lower settings are for when people first start using an electric toothbrush and need to get used to it.  This is good to have if children are going to use it as they are more sensitive to the vibrations.

Something you might need to consider is the availability of various brush head sizes.  Again, not terribly important but it’s nice to have smaller brushes for children or for people with braces.  The best electric toothbrush will have an assortment of head sizes to choose from.

A great quality sonic electric toothbrush

A great quality sonic electric toothbrush

Make sure that the brush heads are easily replaceable.  They wear out in 3 -6 months and will need to be replaced, make sure you can order new ones easily.  Also, check the price of the replacement heads, are they overly expensive compared to similar models?

For me a must have feature is a pressure alarm.  People tend to brush too hard and this wears the enamel right off your teeth.  Make sure the electric toothbrush you are interested in either turns off or sounds an alarm if you apply too much pressure.  The best electric toothbrush models will have this feature.

And finally make sure the electric toothbrush has a good warranty and is from a reputable company. As this device is both electronic and mechanical it can break down unexpectedly.

When you’re ready to buy the best electric toothbrush possible I suggest reading electric toothbrush reviews on sites like consumer reports or consumer search and even on Amazon.  They have electric toothbrush reviews written by users just like yourself and will help you make the right decision.

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Hi there!, My name is Norm. I am a college grad, a veteran, a pet owner and a family man. I started writing articles both to make a little extra money, and to share my knowledge with others. I currently work in the IT department of a major NY hospital.
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