What To Look For When Selecting An Electric Toothbrush

25 March 2020
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Has your family dentist recommended that switch from a manual toothbrush to an electronic one? These can provide a much better brushing experience and help reduce plaque buildup, but the high price tag may make you think twice about buying any electric toothbrush on the shelf. Here are some things to look for when deciding on an electric toothbrush.

Battery Life

Long gone are the days where you need to charge your electric toothbrush every other day. The toothbrushes being made today have a battery life that is designed to last one or two weeks on a single charge. That is why it is worth looking at the battery life and judging how important it is to you.

For example, if you frequently travel, you may want an electric toothbrush with a long battery life so you don't have to take a charger. Keep in mind that even if the toothbrush battery dies while away from home, it can still be used as a manual toothbrush.

Brush Head Change Reminder

Some electric toothbrushes come with a reminder of when it is time to change the brush head. This is done by notifying you with a light or sound after the brush has been used for approximately three months. This can be a great way to remember to change the brush head and provide the ideal cleaning that your teeth need.

Cleaning Modes

You may be looking for some variety in the cleaning modes when it comes to brushing your teeth. What you want to look for are sensitive teeth modes that brush your teeth at a lower speed. This may be necessary if you have sensitive teeth or want to use the toothbrush along your gums more often to clean out those pockets that could be hiding plaque. There are even brushes that have a unique cleaning mode that eases you into using an electric toothbrush, with it slowly turning up the intensity with each use until you are used to using the full power. 

Pressure Sensor

One of the main reasons that a dentist may want you to use an electric toothbrush because you brush your teeth too hard and wear away at the enamel. Some electric toothbrushes have a pressure sensor, which will cause the brush to beep if you are pressing too hard on your teeth. This will give you a good reminder that you need to back off a bit and ease up on how hard you are pressing on the toothbrush.

For more information, contact a dentist.