Most of us spend a considerable amount of time searching for a new smartphone, a new car, or even a new dress for a special occasion, but really, how important and how much time should you spend looking for an electric toothbrush?
Actually there are multiple things you should consider before purchasing an electric toothbrush, and your oral hygiene depends on it.
Let’s Start with the Why
The first thing to consider is why you decided to purchase an electric toothbrush. Has Manhattan Dental Arts told you that you’re not removing all the plaque from your teeth? That could very well be because you are not brushing for the recommended 2 minutes. We are always in a hurry, and after all, who times themselves while brushing their teeth?
Maybe you are brushing your teeth too hard or vigorously, causing you to irritate your gums. This can lead to long term effects unless it is corrected. You might have switched to a manual soft brush, but the problem persists.
Perhaps you just want to “up your game” and get your teeth super clean, and everyone says using an electric toothbrush will do just that.
Whatever your reason, look for a brush that will improve whatever issues you may have, and believe us, there are lots to choose from in the world of electric toothbrushes.
Pick One with the Features You Want or Need
Most electric toothbrushes have a built in timer to keep you brushing for the whole 2 minutes. Look for one with an additional feature, namely a pacer that alerts you when to switch to another part of your mouth. It’s kind of like mom standing over your shoulder and watching you brush.
If It Isn’t Easy to Use, Well, You Know the Rest
If you spend a lot of money on a fancy electric toothbrush that is difficult to use, you have thrown good money down the drain. If you’re not a bells and whistles type of person, pick one with simple instructions, simple controls, and a brush head that is easy to move around in your mouth so you can reach all areas.
Is It Worth the Money?
There are plenty of very inexpensive electric toothbrushes on the market, but how durable are they going to be? You know your budget, so consider the cost and return on this investment. An inexpensive brush will need to be replaced entirely every couple of months.
Electric toothbrushes that are a bit more expensive require you replace the brush heads every 3 months and the flosser every 6 months, not the entire brush. Do your homework and get out the calculator before you make a decision.
Are Settings Important?
Some of the sophisticated electric toothbrushes have multiple settings for general brushing, a massage setting, one for sensitive teeth and gums, or even a “quick brush” when you are really pushed for time.
These same types of toothbrushes will give you a pressure sensor to alert you if you are brushing too hard.
For the Digital Gurus
Look for an electric toothbrush with Bluetooth connectivity. It can give you all the data you could possibly want about how long you spent brushing each tooth, the pressure applied, and suggestions for improvement.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is invaluable for your teeth, gums and overall health. Schedule an appointment with Manhattan Dental Arts and ask for recommendations to improve your oral hygiene today!