Electric toothbrushes seem capable of doing everything. So the question then is – why doesn’t everyone have one? Are they worth the money? Do dentists recommend them? Choosing the best electric toothbrush goes beyond what seems great on paper. Proper oral care comes from having the right tools and knowing just how to use them. For some people, a manual toothbrush does that and more. For others, they need the diligence and efficiency of the electric toothbrush.
So with that said, what should people be looking out for if they’re interested in trying one? What are the key qualities to keep an eye out for in a winning brush? Here’s everything worth knowing about the best, affordable electric toothbrushes if you’re looking to buy one of your own.
Size Matters…and So Does Skill
When it comes to brushing with an electric toothbrush, the smaller the better. Small-headed brushes have an easier time in all areas of one’s mouth and their size allows them to better get into the cracks between the teeth and directly affect the gum line. This is especially important for brushing with electric toothbrushes: they remove plaque buildup by vibrating tiny bristles quickly, eradicating food particles in a circular motion. Manual toothbrushes are supposed to do the same but electric works at a much faster rate.
Dentists can agree that the best electric toothbrushes have a lot of power and are capable of reducing plaque and freshening breath. But one great thing about brushing with electric toothbrushes lies in their ability to help you unlearn bad habits that you’ve accumulated in your lifetime.
A manual toothbrush is capable of keeping up with an electric toothbrush if used by someone who knows how to brush their teeth well and takes their time to do it effectively. The true strength of the electric toothbrush lies in their ability to attain excellent oral hygiene easier than a manual toothbrush by accomplishing what the human hand can’t.
What Should I Look Out For?
Electric toothbrushes can be a quality investment but does that mean you should scrutinizing each and every feature? The best affordable electric toothbrushes offer features such as long battery life, timers, multiple cleaning modes and the ability to support different brushing heads. Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush head is best for removing plaque and food debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. You’ll want to look for an electric toothbrush capable of rotating 360 degrees and have a battery life capable of doing the job well – you’ll want a brush that holds a charge.
So if you asked us at Lewis Estates Dental, “manual or electric?” odds are the answer we’ll give you is the one that works best for you! We’re fans of both electric toothbrushes and manual brushes – it’s the approach that counts. It’s important to do some research before you commit and if you decide on an electric toothbrush, congrats! If you have any questions we are happy to help and we know it will provide help on your path to achieving a great smile!