17 Apr The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Electric Toothbrush for Perfect Oral Health
Our hygienist`s advice on how to pick an electric toothbrush
With so many different toothbrushes on the market, it can be confusing choosing one that is right for you. As a dental hygienist for London Dental Specialists, I can alleviate your tooth brushing worries and save you a heap of time researching (read more here).
The important thing to consider when purchasing an electric toothbrush is head movement. An oscillating and rotating head is the perfect combination of requirements for efficient plaque removal. The Oral-B brushes have both of these features, so I tend to recommend this brand of electric toothbrush to all of my patients. It is also important to purchase a brush which is rechargeable as a battery powered brush will begin to deplete in power after the first use. This is compared to a rechargeable brush which will generally maintain its level of power when re-charged.
The next thing to consider is which model of electric toothbrush is best?
It can be just as confusing deciding which model of electric toothbrush to buy as it is deciding which brand to buy. The Oral-B pro series onwards are the best type of brush to go for. This includes the genius and smart range. These brushes are best as they tend to have more power which will remove plaque efficiently. These brushes also have a built in timer and pressure sensor to prevent you from over brushing your teeth and gums. These electric toothbrushes tend to retail at £35+ and can be purchased from Amazon or Boots for the best prices. Any Oral-B brush that is below a pro series will not be adequate for plaque removal.
If you have the budget to allow, the Oral-B iO series is currently the best brush on the market and retails at approx. £100+. These brushes have 2 pressure sensors opposed to 1 (which you’ll be getting with the Pro series). This ensures that you are not underbrushing as well as over brushing. Underbrushing can be just as detrimental to your oral hygiene as brushing too gently will not remove a sufficient amount of plaque.
How long do electric toothbrushes last?
Electric toothbrushes will generally live for many years, however, it is a good idea to change your electric brush every few years. This is because like most rechargeable electronics, the battery will reduce over time and will either not maintain its level of power or will not charge completely. This will result in a compromised toothbrush efficiency and therefore, sub-optimal plaque removal.
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