Brushing your teeth is arguably one of the most important parts of your dental homecare routine. Most of us have been taught since we were young children to brush our teeth twice a day for two minutes. But what should we be using to brush our teeth? Should we use an electric or manual toothbrush?
Generally speaking, there are actually three types of toothbrushes on the market: Rechargeable Electric Toothbrushes, Battery Power Toothbrushes, and Regular Manual Toothbrushes. Let’s look at the differences among these three toothbrushes.
Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush:
These power brushes have power bases that plug into the wall to recharge. They have a brush head which you replace every three months. Their electric charge works to power a specific cleaning technology such as oscillating-rotating or sonic technology. These brushes have an internal timer which alerts the user when two minutes has passed.
Battery Power Toothbrush:
Often seen as an “in-between” option, these toothbrushes are powered by AA batteries. They are similar in design to manual toothbrushes but have a slight vibration added to their cleaning action. These brushes often also have two minute timers of some sort. While these brushes are not as effective as a rechargeable electric toothbrush, they are a great option for children.
Basic toothbrushes that consist of plastic handles and nylon bristles, these have no internal power source. These brushes are the cheapest option but not the most effective. It is important to always choose a soft bristled toothbrush and to make sure you are brushing for longer, not harder.
The BEST option that will provide the most efficient and effective plaque removal is the Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush. Differences do exist brand-to-brand, but in general these brushes use science based technology to sweep plaque and food particles away from your teeth at a faster and more effective rate than a manual toothbrush alone. Their built-in timers also help patients brush for the recommended two minutes.
At Adams and Cheek Dentistry, we have Oral B Power brushes available for purchase at a discounted price with rebate. We always provide complimentary manual toothbrushes to patients at regular cleaning appointments. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have about toothbrush choices. You can reach us by clicking here or calling 919.866.1360.