General Dentistryhow to choose an electric toothbrush sutton

At Sensational Smiles, we recommend electric toothbrushes to all our patients. This instrument has been clinically proven to increase plaque removal which leads to healthier teeth and gums, and that is why we tell our patients to switch. Often, they then ask how to choose an electric toothbrush. You can probably get the same result from using a manual toothbrush, but it would take you a lot longer.

What is the best electric toothbrush?

There are two main leading brands for toothbrushes; Phillips Sonicare and Oral B. Studies have shown that Oral B is the best as it has a rotating head which is more effective at plaque removal. So, if you are looking for an electric toothbrush, we recommend considering the Oral B brand. However, if you already have a Phillips Sonicare, we recommend sticking to it because its performance is not far behind Oral B.

What is the average cost of an electric toothbrush?

Midrange electric toothbrushes are around £50-60 on Amazon, which normally offers the best prices. They will do the job nicely and if budget is an issue go for one of these.

Higher end electric toothbrushes are around £110.  The difference is they look nicer and have more modes and gadgets.  Also, they are great for travelling. So, if you are on the move a lot, I would invest in the Oral B Genius 9000.

How often do you have to change the head on an electric toothbrush?

The toothbrush heads need to be changed every three months to keep up effective plaque removal.  If they get worn out, tooth brushing effectiveness rapidly deteriorates, so make sure they are replaced often!  There is nothing worse than spending the time brushing and not getting good results. In fact, sometimes this is the sole reason why plaque control is poor.

How long does it take to get used to an electric toothbrush?

It normally takes around a month to acclimate to the feeling, as it is totally different compared to a manual toothbrush.  However, once you do get used to it you will find going back to a manual toothbrush feels strange, and you will be able to tell that the manual brush simply does not clean your teeth well enough.

Not only is the sensation different with an electric toothbrush, but the way you use it is, too. You are meant to hold the toothbrush head on the desired tooth and let the machine do all the hard work. When you move onto an electric toothbrush, your innate response will be to scrub, moving the brush back and forth.  Do not do this, as that is not the correct way to use an electric toothbrush and you will end up getting poorer results.

If you would like some tailored advice on how to choose an electric toothbrush, we are here to advise. We will also explain how you should be cleaning and looking after your teeth. Call 020 8643 5365 to book an appointment with our hygienist who will be delighted to help.


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