Dental Tips Blog

Dec
8

Choosing an Electric Toothbrush

If you’re looking to invest in an electric toothbrush for you or your family members, there are a few things to keep in mind before your purchase.

Choose One That is Gentle

Some electric toothbrushes are like jackhammers, with stiff bristles and aggressive movements that can cause gum recession, toothbrush abrasion, and irritation. Higher quality brushes will have gentle movements that stimulate gum tissue as well as provide efficient plaque removal. 

How Long Do You Plan on Using It?

Do you want to be able to recharge your brush or replace the brush heads? Find a model that is easily available and is a proven brand that has a long track record for quality and available replacement parts. If you want something more affordable then you can purchase a disposable electric brush for 6 or 7 dollars to try out before a larger investment.  

You Get What You Pay For

Higher quality, efficient toothbrushes aren’t going to come free. If you’re only paying $5 for an electric brush, you won’t be getting the results of a $75 brush. Higher end brushes typically use sonic vibration that allows more efficient bacteria and stain removal than other types of brushes do.

Use It Correctly

When you’re brushing with an electric brush, you should let the brush do all of the work. Simply hold the brush gently toward the teeth and gum tissue and let it vibrate against the gums and enamel. Do not apply force, as this will prevent vibration and will only allow an opportunity for more tissue irritation.

Are you still unsure of what brush to invest in? Ask your dentist for their opinion on 2 or 3 brands for you to choose from to make the decision a little easier!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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