In the 1930s, nylon bristles toothbrushes were first invented. Consumers didn’t have many options, unlike today. These days, electric toothbrushes are abundant and come in different varieties.
It’s massively accepted that an electric toothbrush is more effective than a manual toothbrush. This is echoed by dental professionals since they help to increase brushing effectiveness.
Choosing An Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are not all equal. Therefore, if you are thinking about buying an electric toothbrush, you should narrow down your options to suit your comfort levels and personal preferences. More importantly, when choosing between models, you should understand their different technological merits and demerits.
Here are some of them:
- 3D White. This whitens teeth by removing surface stains from day one. All thanks to its polishing cup.
- Sensitive Clean. Thanks to its extra-soft bristles, it provides a gentle superior clean which is perfect for people with sensitive gums.
- Cross Action. This is hands down Oral-B’s most advanced toothbrush head. Very capable of removing 100% plaque.
- Floss Action. Has advanced MicroPulse bristles that provide superior interdental clean.
What You Need To Know When Purchasing An Electric Toothbrush.
Now that you have decided on the type of electric toothbrush you need, the next step would be to investigate the availability of the different components and cleaning modes. You see, for most everyday brushing of teeth, one uses a daily specific cleaning mode. However, one day should you develop sensitive gums, you might need to switch to a sensitive mode that requires lesser movement of the bristles. Other modes include:
- The Pro-clean mode is for longer brushing times to clean the hard-to-reach places.
- Gum care mode is used to stimulate gums.
- Whitening mode is specifically for teeth whitening.
- Tongue cleaner mode is to tackle mouth odor.
Other than different modes, there are other features that you should consider. One common feature among all electric toothbrushes is the brushing timers. Brushing timers are important as they help the user to track how long he or she should brush his or her mouth. Another feature is the pressure sensors. This is perfect for people with sensitive gums and young children with tender teeth. Even for normal healthy people, applying too much pressure does not help in removing plaque. It actually does more harm to your teeth and irritates your gums. These sensors will let the user know if he or she is applying too much force. This is through the use of beepers for indication. This is available with the new Oral-B Genius Electric Toothbrush. Moreover, this brush has detection technology that enables the user to see which area of the mouth that has been brushed or otherwise.
How To Brush
There are two ways of brushing using an electric toothbrush. One is to rotate all the way around and another is to oscillate side to side. Depending on the brushing type, apply toothpaste normally then hold it against your teeth as you move it gently across your teeth and gums. One advantage of electric toothbrushes is that you need not worry about what angle you hold the brush during the brushing process due to its oscillating feature. They are highly recommended for people who have had a smile makeover.