To go manual or to go electric, that is the question. Electric toothbrushes are becoming extremely more popular these days. Is it the new craze or does it really work? Well scientific studies have shown that using a good electric toothbrush will in fact get teeth cleaner than using a manual brush.
Having said that, there are questions that you need to keep in mind before you go out and buy an electronic toothbrush. The rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for the same goes with toothbrushes. Things to consider include does the toothbrush have a timing option to help assure you brush for the appropriate time, is the toothbrush age-appropriate, does it offer some oral health benefit beyond what you could get with a manual toothbrush, is it just easier to use. These are all important questions to check out before making this investment.
According to Amazon.com, here is a general description of the most commonly bought electronic toothbrushes. Along with that is a brief list of their pros and cons and retail prices.
Ultreo: Retails from $129 – $169 (depending on model)
The ultrasonic technology makes this toothbrush tactfully sensitive; it takes a little finesse if you will. It is not the best choice for kids or those who have trouble with manual dexterity. However, for advanced brushers, it can be used very effectively.
Sonicare: Retails from $69 – $169 (depending on model)
This toothbrush has a comfortable head and the advanced sonic technology allows for superior cleaning in hard-to-reach areas and around braces. However, it may be too sensitive for kids to use. The large handle and lack of brushing stroke makes this ideal for elderly patients.
Crest Spinbrush: Retails from $5 – $22.99 (depending on model)
The Spinbrush has a bulky head and a non-sophisticated technology. However, is easy for kids to use.
Oral B Braun: Retails from $14.99 – $149.99 (depending on model)
The oscillating head design requires each tooth to be cleaned one at a time. Recent studies show that is one of the most effective toothbrush at plaque removal, but can be too technique sensitive for patients to use well.
Having a good toothbrush is incredibly important. But not every toothbrush is for you. Before you go buy a new toothbrush do a little research, it will go a long way. The fanciest toothbrush is not important, but that you brush in order to maintain good oral hygiene, eliminate gum disease and gingivitis.
–Kim Bui at Burleson Orthodontics