How To Choose the Best Electric Toothbrush For Your Oral Care

How To Choose the Best Electric Toothbrush For Your Oral Care?

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With so many types of toothbrushes available on the market, it’s often difficult to select the best electric toothbrush for your oral care.   Your options are a manual toothbrush, rechargeable battery power toothbrush and electric toothbrush.

Most dentists recommend you use an electric toothbrush, so which is the best electric toothbrush for your oral health?


Manual Toothbrush

A manual toothbrush is your basic toothbrush that comes with hard, medium or soft bristles.  Although there have been amazing advances in oral care and hygiene with respect to manual toothbrushes, especially from Oral-B, the leading manufacturer of manual toothbrushes, cleaning teeth with this type of device requires manually pushing the toothbrush is small circles over the surface of the teeth.  You must keep track of the time to ensure you are cleaning for two minutes.  Studies show the average person brushes their teeth with a manual toothbrush for just 10 to 30 seconds, well below the recommended two minutes.



Electric Toothbrush


An electric toothbrush is the kind of toothbrush you plug into the wall to recharge, keeping the handle and replacing the brush head every three months or so. An electric toothbrush differs among the kind of cleaning technology they use, such as oscillating-rotating (3D Cleaning Action) or sonic technology.  The leading manufacturers of rechargeable electric toothbrushes are Oral-B or Sonicare.

This type of toothbrush comes with a timer to allow users to make sure they are brushing for the recommended two minutes.

Battery Power Toothbrush

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People who like the spinning action of the toothbrush head, and the feel of  a manual toothbrush, tend to use the battery-powered toothbrushes.  Like rechargeable toothbrushes, battery power toothbrushes are sometimes simply called “power toothbrushes” due to their use of a AA battery, yet still requiring the user to manually move the brush across the teeth. While similar in design to regular manual toothbrushes, battery power toothbrushes have just enough vibration to add some extra cleaning action.

Many people shy away from an electric toothbrush like the Oral B 5000 due to the perceived higher cost than a manual toothbrush without understanding the dental care benefits, but studies have shown once a person uses a sonic toothbrush similar to the kind used by dentists during a teeth cleaning, the deeper cleaning, smoother feel of the tooth enamel after brushing, fresh breath and easier time brushing teeth since there is no need to manually push the brush across the teeth, they never go back to a manual or power toothbrush again.

Electric Toothbrush Features

The best electric toothbrush, will offer a variety of features and price points, provide many dental care benefits that are far superior to a manual toothbrush.  Some sonic toothbrushes can even enable you to improve your brushing habits.   These Hi-tech features in an electric toothbrush that are unavailable in manual or power toothbrushes include:

  • 3 to 5 brushing modes specialized for sensitive teeth, whitening benefits or gum-massaging action
  • Pressure sensors to signal when you’re brushing too hard, or stop working to prevent damage to your teeth or gums.
  • Timers to help you keep track of how long you’re brushing each quadrant of your mouth
  • Digital reminders that alert you when to replace your brush head
  • Oscillating-rotating or sonic technology
    Multiple brush head compatibility so you can choose which kind of bristle design you prefer

Most electric toothbrushes also come with features for added convenience, like a brush head or toothbrush holder, bathroom-counter storage units and travel toothbrush chargers.

Now that you understand the basic differences between an electric toothbrush, a battery power toothbrush, and a manual toothbrush for your oral care, click here to learn about the best electric toothbrush.




  1. Ken Weiss 12/05/2014
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