Electric toothbrushes make great gifts or even stocking stuffers for your family. The styles, varieties and prices can make the selection process a little overwhelming though! The good news is that electric toothbrushes in general will remove more plaque buildup from your teeth than a manual toothbrush. Less plaque means fewer cavitities, fewer fillings, and less gum disease so even making a small investment for young children can significant difference in their oral health.
Here are some factors to consider when you’re selecting the types of electric toothbrushes to get your family on Christmas day:
What’s your budget? Are you going to be buying one toothbrush or a dozen? When it comes to an electric toothbrush, you really do get what you pay for. For instance, if you’re suffering from active gum disease, then a high-end electric model will be much better. But, if you’re buying the same thing for several people, it may be more affordable to consider something more economical, especially if they haven’t had an electric toothbrush to begin with. There are now some very affordable models that are as small as a manual toothbrush, but function significantly similar to higher end brushes available on the market.
Select a brush with soft bristles. Hard bristles are too abrasive for normal use on tooth enamel and gum tissue, and can cause gum recession or enamel abrasion. Electric brushes remove more plaque through their mechanical action, so be sure that it’s soft enough.
Do you want to be able to continue using the same brush for a long time? Some models of brushes allow the brush head to be changed out every several months, while others cannot be used as long because they only allow for a single brush head to be used.
Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental
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