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Choosing the Right Electric Toothbrush for Your Needs
More and more, people are turning to electric toothbrush for their daily dental hygiene needs. Perhaps that’s why you’re thinking of adding one to your own routine. However, it would be long before you realize that the market is absolutely flooded with options, meaning you’ll have your work cut out for you when it comes to selecting the right one. The following tips about features to consider should help you get started though.
Electric toothbrushes run the gamut in terms of cost. There are a number for under $40 and there are a few that exceed $1,000. The important thing about this factor is that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get a brush that will help give you a healthier overall mouth. If you buy a toothbrush that gets you using it at least twice a day, that’s a victory. For some that will mean spending $40, for others, that number may be $150. Just know that the higher up you go, the more bells and whistles you’ll enjoy, but many of these features are unnecessary for cleaning your teeth.
One thing to think about as well is the toothbrush’s battery life. This isn’t a huge deal if you can simply plug it in and charge it every night, but what about those who are constantly on the road? People like that will definitely want a toothbrush that can hold its own for hours at a time.
Some models are battery powered too. While this may seem inconvenient to some, those who travel a lot will probably enjoy it.
There’s some debate about whether or not faster electric toothbrushes are actually better. Some believe there is a point of diminishing returns. Another issue is that too much speed/power could actually hurt your teeth, which is obviously the exact opposite of what you want to have happen.
That being said, sonic and ultrasonic toothbrushes—the two fastest kinds—are extremely popular for a reason. If you’re worried about too much speed, go with sonic. This will help give you an efficient cleaning in less time.
Although it may seem like one of those aforementioned “bells and whistles” we mentioned earlier, timers are actually a really great reason to purchase an electric toothbrush. The timers on these models will let you know when two minutes is up (the amount of time you should be spending brushing) and some will even break it down by quadrants, so you brush the top right, top left, bottom right and bottom left portions of your mouth sufficiently.
This is a huge benefit because, believe it or not, most of us don’t give each quadrant the full 30 seconds they deserve.
Another awesome feature that may seem unnecessary is a pressure monitor. Recall that earlier we mentioned how too much speed could be counterproductive. With a pressure monitor, though, your toothbrush will actually let you know when you’re pushing too hard on your teeth or even shut off. This, combined with a timer, ensures you get one of the healthiest brushing experiences possible.
Lastly, there is the actual way your toothbrush will be cleaning your teeth. This can mean the head of the brush rotates, rotate-oscillates, counter-oscillate, use dual heads or vibrate.
There’s a lot of discussion about which one is best and we could spend a whole post just writing on this issue. Many would suggest there is no difference whatsoever. Look into each and decide if one sounds especially attractive. However, this shouldn’t be a deal breaker or reason to spend more than your budget.
If you do decide to buy an electric toothbrush, just be sure to keep the above in mind so your money goes toward the best possible model. You can also find out a lot more about electric toothbrushes in this post at Wikipedia.