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How to Choose an Electric Toothbrush


Compared to manual toothbrushes, these offer easier use and faster cleaning - the basic benefits of electric toothbrushes. Brushing with an electric toothbrush has proven to be more efficient, and electric toothbrushes also offer additional features that make day-to-day dental hygiene smoother and more effective.

How to Select an Electric Toothbrush

When Choosing the Perfect Electric Toothbrush, Try Answering the Following Questions:

  1. Do I prefer a round or long brush head?

  2. Is the toothbrush price affordable?

  3. Do I require additional features from my toothbrush?

  4. Do I want a toothbrush for myself or my baby?

What is important to consider when choosing an electric toothbrush?

Toothbrush Technology

There are two types of electric toothbrushes available on the market and they differ in the technology they use. The first type are oscillating-rotating toothbrushes, the second are sonic (vibrating) toothbrushes. Learn more about them below.

Head Shape

Oscillating-rotating toothbrushes have round heads that rotate in a semicircular motion back and forth. Sonic brushes, on the other hand, most often have an elongated shape, similar to ordinary hand toothbrushes.

Number of Vibrations

The number of vibrations literally determines how many scrapings per minute the head of the electric toothbrush can handle. The greater the number of vibrations, the better the teeth will be cleaned. Normally, toothbrushes offer about 10,000 vibrations per minute. The best brushes reach up to 40,000 vibration per minute.

Power Supply

There are toothbrushes that come with their own rechargable batteries, which generally have greater endurance. There is no need to buy any batteries, since the charger is included. Another option is to use AA or AAA batteries that can be changed at any time when on-the-go. You can even use rechargeable batteries, giving you similar benefits to the battery versions of the toothbrushes.

Special Features

Electric toothbrushes can also offer additional features, such as 3D cleaning to effectively remove plaque, a timer for managing your cleaning time, a sensor for monitoring pressure, and a Bluetooth wireless function to connect to your mobile phone. Now you can track individual statistics and quality dental hygiene.

Oscillating-rotary brushes

Oscillating-Rotating Toothbrushes

  • The toothbrush fibres rotate and pulsate during cleaning
  • The toothbrush can be positioned on your teeth with no need to move it
  • The toothbrush eliminates plaque

This type of toothbrush has a round head that rotates in a semicircular motion back and forth with up to 40,000 vibrations per minute. It mimics the proper technique of rotational cleaning.

Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Excellent efficiency in removing plaque
  • Round head
  • Available in a wide price range
  • Older models without a pressure sensor are less suitable for sensitive gums.
Oscillating electric toothbrushes

Sonic Toothbrushes

  • The toothbrush fibres vibrate
  • Brushes away plaque in combination with manual movements
  • Suitable for sensitive gums

Sonic technology works on the principle of high frequency brushing. The brush head moves up and down to a small degree. At the same time, it drives fluid into the interdental area and along the line of the gums, thus cleaning the hard-to-reach areas. This technique is highly effective, while being gentle on teeth and gums.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Excellent efficiency in removing plaque
  • Some models offer whitening
  • Elongated head
  • Fewer vibrations per minute

Commonly asked questions when choosing an electric toothbrush

How do toothbrush technologies differ?

Both of the two technologies have their advantages, and it is up to you to choose which one you prefer. Both types of toothbrushes provide excellent cleaning techniques for healthy teeth and gums.

The toothbrush with oscillating-rotational technology rotates, pulses, and brushes dental plaque. The toothbrush fibres with the sonic technology vibrate, so you have to manually brush.

How to clean your teeth with an electric toothbrush?

Your teeth should be brushed with an electric toothbrush at least twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Start cleaning the front of the teeth, then go to the back of the teeth and lastly, clean the biting surfaces. Take 2-3 minutes for total cleaning. Some models of electric toothbrushes are equipped with a timer that notifies you when the recommended brushing time is complete. Find out more about the right cleaning technique and how to achieve the best results with your electric toothbrush here.

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