Dentists are increasingly recommending the use of an electric toothbrush for optimal cleaning results. They are recommended for children from 3 or 4 years old in special models and from 10 years old for adult models.
The choice of this toothbrush is important to ensure a perfect oral hygiene, but also a good comfort of use.
Why is the use of an electric toothbrush recommended?
There are many advantages to using an electric toothbrush. Among them:
- Efficiency: compared to a classic manual toothbrush, it cleans much more thoroughly and efficiently thanks to the high level of vibrations and rotations. In addition, thanks to the often built-in timer, you will probably brush your teeth longer, as long as recommended by dentists.
- Ease of use: its use is less "exhausting" because the toothbrush itself performs the vibrations and rotations.
- Respect for sensitivities: the pressure control built into electric toothbrushes allows you to control the pressure you exert while brushing so that your teeth and especially your gums are optimally protected. This reduces the risk of periodontal disease and bleeding gums.
What type of electric toothbrush is right for you?
There are several types of electric toothbrushes on sale today. They are all different and you need to know these differences in order to buy the type of toothbrush that will be the most suitable for you and that will guarantee you the best brushing.
The rotating electric toothbrush:
This type is also called the round head toothbrush. These brushes clean with an alternating left-right motion, with a rotation of the brush head. The oscillating motion ensures optimal plaque removal.
Toothbrushes of this type achieve between 4,000 and 8,800 revolutions per minute, with some models also using pulsation for an even better cleaning result. The effective cleaning effect of a rotating toothbrush is mainly due to the pressure applied, which must be monitored by a pressure sensor to avoid injury.
Braun Oral-B is the market leader in this type of toothbrush.
Sonic electric toothbrush:
This type does not require a motor, as the mechanical movements are generated by a sound transducer.
In fact, the optimal cleaning performance comes from the vibrations that cause a mechanical movement of the brush head at very high frequency. The brush head is elongated, similar to a conventional toothbrush, and generates rapid movements with approximately 30,000 vibrations per minute.
Sonic toothbrushes are ideal for those with sensitive gums, exposed dental necks or fixed braces. If you tend to put too much pressure on a conventional toothbrush while brushing your teeth, a sonic toothbrush is also the best option for you.
There are many sonic electric toothbrushes to choose from, and you'll find them from Philips and Braun Oral-B.
The ultrasonic electric toothbrush:
They look like a sonic toothbrush in design, but have a much higher sonic frequency. It is 20,000 Hz or 2.4 million oscillations per minute that are generated by an oscillator.
A completely pressureless brushing technique is recommended for this type of electric toothbrush. After ten seconds, the brush head is moved to another area of the teeth to be cleaned. Cleaning can take up to ten minutes and special toothpaste is required.
Ultrasonic electric toothbrushes are ideal if you have small obstructions in the oral area such as braces, bridges or severe gum problems.
What other important criteria should you consider when choosing an electric toothbrush?
Once you've determined which type of electric toothbrush is right for you, there are other important criteria you should consider in order to give yourself the best possible brushing experience.
The number of cleaning modes:
To ensure you get the right brushing for every situation, your toothbrush should ideally have at least 2 cleaning programs: cleaning and sensitive cleaning.
For electric toothbrushes with a rotating brush head, a model with contact pressure control should be chosen. This allows you to clean your teeth thoroughly without taking the risk of hurting yourself.
A long-lasting battery:
A good quality battery is important, especially if you are often on the go. The toothbrush should ideally be usable for at least 7 to 14 days on a single battery charge.
Brushes should be changed regularly, the same way you change a manual toothbrush. So, it's best to choose a model that makes it easy to find the right brushes so you don't run out.