Should I buy an electric toothbrush?

Should I buy an electric toothbrush?

Should I buy an electric toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes clean teeth and gums much better than a manual toothbrush, according to the findings of a new study. Scientists found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush.

Here are the top questions we receive  on a daily basis regarding electric toothbrushes

1. How do electric toothbrushes work?

ETBs are battery-powered brushes that make oscillating or sonic vibrating movements to remove plaque build-up, debris and bacteria.

2. Are ETBs better than manual brushes?

ETBs make brushing easier, as they do most of the work for you. Their rotating heads make it easier to reach tricky spots, like the back teeth.

3. What features to look out for in an ETB?

Two-minute timers, different cleaning modes and pressure sensors help ensure optimum brushing. Battery life and charging speeds are important especially for travel along with a USB connection. Grip size and weight can make a difference for some users.

4. ETB apps that connect to my phone: Are they useful?

Apps give tips on how to brush your teeth better & can work well for people who enjoy combining technology with healthcare; however, they are not essential.

5. When should I change my toothbrush head?

Depends on the amount of use but most toothbrush heads should be changed after 3 months. Oral B® bristles change colour with time. Sonicare® has an app that alerts you to change.

6. What else to consider?

Some ETBs have different types of heads. Oral B® has an interspace head as well as a head for cleaning around orthodontic appliances.

7. Can children use ETBs? 

Children from age 3 can use ETBs. Some have cartoon designs, play music and are linked to playful apps. However, children should be supervised when brushing until about 7 years old.

8. What is the difference between sonic and oscillating brushes?

The movement of the bristles is different. Oscillating brushes rotate quickly in opposite directions thousands of times/sec. Sonic brushes vibrate at a high frequency. There is no evidence that one is more effective than the other

9. ETBs cost between £30 and £300; what is the difference?

It is difficult to choose but select a reputable brand, it is very much a personal choice. Additional features on more expensive models are ” Nice to have” rather than essential. Check that it has the Oral Health Foundation logo to show the product’s claims have been robustly examined and scientifically tested & is not only safe to use, but that it can also live up to its claim.


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