Tips For Purchasing Your First Electric Toothbrush

After years of using a manual toothbrush, you are ready to enjoy the convenience and effectiveness of an electric toothbrush. However, with all the options to choose from, how do you find the right electric toothbrush that will keep your teeth clean without breaking the budget? Here is a simple buying guide that will help you expertly purchase and enjoy your first electric toothbrush.

Understand the Different Types of Electric Toothbrushes

Although electric toothbrushes are available in a variety of sizes, colors, shapes, and at a multitude of price points, there are two main varieties of electric toothbrushes: Rotating and sonic toothbrushes. Rotating, or oscillating, toothbrushes have been around longer and feature a rotating head that allows you to clean your teeth without applying extra pressure.

Sonic toothbrushes are a newer technology and work by emitting vibrating waves that rotate the water and toothpaste over the teeth. Basically, this means that sonic toothbrushes are less abrasive and cause less wear and tear to your teeth, especially when compared to a standard manual toothbrush.

Look for These Features

Modern electric toothbrushes have several amazing features and some even feature Wi-Fi connectivity. However, while you don't need the most state-of-the-art electric toothbrush to clean your teeth, there are still features you should look for in your first or next electric toothbrush, including:

  • Various cleaning modes. Look for an electric toothbrush with several cleaning modes. This allows you to find a routine and a cleaning speed that works best for you.
  • A pressure sensor. Always choose an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor. This sensor ensures you do not use too much pressure and force when brushing your teeth, which is critical to prevent unwanted damage to the tooth enamel.
  • Waterproof design. Make sure your toothbrush is waterproof, especially if you prefer brushing your teeth in the shower.

Your dentist will recommend the amount of time you should spend brushing your teeth every morning and night. Choosing a toothbrush with a timer will help ensure you spend enough time brushing your teeth.

Consider the Stiffness of the Bristles

Finally, like any other manual toothbrush, electric toothbrush heads come in several styles, including soft, medium, and hard bristled. Your dentist will recommend the ideal variety of brushes for you. However, in most cases, to prevent damage to the enamel of your teeth, it is best to choose a soft-bristled electric toothbrush, especially for your child.

From the stiffness of the brush head to the various features, there are several things you need to consider when purchasing your first electric toothbrush.  

For more information, contact a local family dentist