Electric Toothbrushes, All The Same?

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We've all seen electric toothbrush commercials claiming their brand is the preferred brand by dental professionals. So how are we to know which one is the best for our mouth? It's may not be common knowledge, but electric toothbrushes beat manual toothbrushes in plaque and stain removal and gum health. If you are on the market for an electric toothbrush and are lost in the chaos that is the dental product isle at the supermarket, this is a quick overview of the two most popular brands.

My personal favorite toothbrush is the Sonicare brand. The classic shape of the toothbrush head is gentle enough to remove plaque and leave my teeth with the "just at the dentist" clean feeling, without causing gum irritation. It uses sonic waves, and vibrates while the 2 minute brush cycle is running. They buzz every 30 seconds so that you can switch areas of your mouth to make sure you don't miss any areas. It also will buzz at you if you are using too much pressure on your teeth. Sonicare toothbrushes take a while to get used to, and many people find it takes a good 2 weeks to get used to the tickle of the sonic waves.

I've also tried the Oral-B brand of electric toothbrushes. These have a round head and oscillate in a circle and clean each tooth by cupping it. These brushes also have a 2 minute timer and some models have the 30 second buzzes to keep you on track. It took me a while to get used to the spinning head. I found that when I used the Oral-B for a few months, I developed gum recessions in my mouth. This may have been because I was brushing too hard, or that the toothbrush was too aggressive.

No matter which brand my patients at Life Smiles, a dental practice located in Plymouth, MN, decide to go with, all electric toothbrushes yield better checkups, and it's not a "one size fits all" choice. Also, take a look at the different types of replacement brush heads, as they can contribute to your satisfaction with your electric toothbrush greatly. Remember, electric toothbrush heads need to be replaced every 3 months just like a manual toothbrush! I hope that you find this helpful when shopping for a new toothbrush!