We've all been told by the dental hygienist that electric toothbrushes are far superior to manual toothbrushes, and many of us have even acted on this advice - after all, if you can avoid fillings and root canals, why wouldn't you? However, there is a huge range of types of electric toothbrushes in existence, and it can be difficult to find the right one for you. When choosing the best electric toothbrush for yourself, it is helpful to keep a few criteria in mind.
- Consider the size of the brush head. Electric toothbrushes, just like manual toothbrushes, have different sizes of brush heads. In general, the smaller the person, the smaller the brush head needed, although there are obviously exceptions to be made to this rule. People with braces should also use smaller brush heads. If more than one person is going to use the electric toothbrush, you may have different brush heads for the same electric toothbrush.
- Consider replacement brushes. When buying an electric toothbrush, remember that you will have to replace the brush heads at about the same frequency that you would replace a manual toothbrush: every 3-6 months or so. Before you commit to a particular brand and model of electric toothbrush, make sure that the replacement brushes are available in your area!
- Consider the entire cost of the electric toothbrush. Although you are sure to notice the price of the actual electric toothbrush, don't forget to factor in the cost of brush replacements. If the particular type of brush replacement is not available in your area, you may have to order it and pay shipping.
- Make sure that you are happy with the charger. Some electric toothbrushes have chargers that are compact, easy for travel, and take up less space, while others might have larger chargers or chargers with a place to hold extra brush heads. Some types of electric toothbrush have an indicator light which shows when the toothbrush needs to be charged.
- Think about timers. Many electric toothbrushes have built-in timers, either to measure the two minutes recommended for brushing all of the teeth, or in 30 second increments for each quadrant of the mouth.
- Consider other options. It is possible to find an electric toothbrush that has different power settings, for those with sensitive gums. The toothbrushes are available with rotary motion, ultrasonic action, or a pulsing motion. Many toothbrushes have carrying cases for travel.
- Check the warranty. An electric toothbrush, like any device with mechanical and electronic parts, is prone to possible problems. Make sure your toothbrush has a warranty and that you keep all of the paperwork.
Electric toothbrushes can be bought in drugstores, mass merchandisers, your dentist's office, and online. Using these tips, you should be able to find the best electric toothbrush for you!