Electric toothbrushes are a great option for keeping your teeth clean and free of cavities. They tend to do a better job at removing plaque than manual brushes, and many people find them easier to use. At our Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinic we often recommend electric toothbrushes to our patients. We are also happy to offer pointers on how to choose the right electrical toothbrush for you.
Here are some factors to consider:
- Simple operation
One of the main pointers for choosing an electric toothbrush that we tell patients at our Edmonton dental clinics is to pick one that is simple and easy to operate. You have to be able to properly use the brush in order to enjoy all of the benefits that it has to offer. Controls should be intuitive and the toothbrush should be easy to hold and move around in your mouth.
If you're going to invest in an electric toothbrush, then it should be one that has a timer. Using a timer is a fantastic way to ensure that you are brushing for the full, Edmonton dentist-recommended two minutes. A timer which indicates when it's time to move to a different part of your mouth is even more beneficial, and will encourage you to brush thoroughly.
- Vibration vs. rotation oscillation
Some electric toothbrushes merely vibrate, which isn't the best motion for cleaning the teeth. You'll want to invest in a brush which rotates and oscillates, as this is a far more effective motion for scrubbing away plaque. While no electric toothbrush motion can replace an astute and effective brushing technique, the right motion can certainly help out.
Your electric toothbrush should be simple to operate, but it shouldn't be so simple as to offer you only one speed. Having different speeds to choose from can help you pick the most effective speed for different areas of your mouth, which can vary. For example, you might need to slow the toothbrush down for more sensitive areas but speed it back up again for the rest of your mouth.
- Power source
Finally, you'll need to decide between a rechargeable and a battery-operated toothbrush. Battery-operated electrical toothbrushes are less expensive on the outset. However, they also tend to be less effective and less favourably reviewed than rechargeable brushes. Plus, the cost of purchasing replacement batteries can add up. If you can comfortably afford it, then a rechargeable toothbrush is the way to go.
Need More Pointers? Ask Your Edmonton Dentist
Practicing good tooth brushing habits with the right kind of toothbrush is one of the most important components of good dental health. If you have any more questions about what kind of toothbrush to buy or what kind of brushing techniques to use, don't hesitate to ask an Edmonton dentist today. Just visit the Azarko Dental Group clinic.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8