Since childhood, we have instilled in ourselves the principles of proper care of our teeth. Clean each tooth with a toothbrush from all sides, do not forget about the inter-toothed spaces, and brush your teeth for at least two minutes. What we’re going to say, brushing our teeth with a regular toothbrush is a bit of a science. Perhaps that’s why electric toothbrushes are becoming increasingly popular, which will do the job for you.
What to watch out for when choosing an electric toothbrush
The batteries take care of the energy. These ensure that when brushing your teeth, you are not limited by the power cord and that the appliance can function for a limited time, even without an electrical outlet. We can meet two types of solutions.
- Integrated batteries – that is, they are built into the body of the device. The downside is that they cannot be replaced without the help of the service. The advantage (especially for manufacturers) is easier water resistance. The average lifespan of such a battery is about five years. In practice, you will see it end after two years, as well as the fact that it lasts for eight years. It’s pretty individual, depending on what piece you come across and how you treat the battery.
- Replaceable batteries – as the name suggests, they can be easily replaced. Often these are classic AA or AAA batteries. In most cases, they are rechargeable.
Number of kits
In most cases, the more, the better. The minimum not worth going below is 10,000 mits per minute. The best toothbrushes can then have over 40,000 kits per minute. It is not always the case that the more expensive toothbrush has more kmts than the cheaper one. There’s also a difference between 10,000 or 30,000 kmts, but it doesn’t matter much whether it has 35,000 or 37,000. Do not think that thanks to the more significant number of mits, you can somehow dramatically reduce the time it takes to clean your teeth thoroughly. Maybe a little by a few seconds, but keep in mind that each tooth needs a moment of contact with the rotating head to remove the plaque. Instead, one can be inclined to claim that more its leads to better-brushed teeth. When choosing an electric toothbrush, you can read all sorts of reviews, but a good option is to consult your dentist about the selection. He knows your teeth best and should be able to advise you on which variant of an electric toothbrush will be the best, most care, and most powerful choice for you.)
Pros and cons of electric toothbrushes
- require less cleaning effort
- remove more plaque
- pressure sensor and timer
- less consumption of toothpaste
- wireless operation
- number of functions and speeds
- 3D technology
- historical cost
- replacement of heads four times a year
- different battery life and power consumption
- can be noisy
- vibrations can cause headaches for someone
- not recommended for use by people with sensitive teeth and exposed necks
Compared to classic toothbrushes, the electronic ones offer many extra features. Some of them are pretty useful; others are somewhat a marketing attraction. Therefore, it is good to know what is hidden under their names, whether you can decide whether they are essential to you or not.
- Pressure sensor – excessive pressure can damage your teeth in combination with a vast number of oscillations. Therefore, the pressure sensor notifies (flashing the red diode or vibrations) that you are using too much force and need to be slowed down. I recommend especially at the first experience with this type of device, as you get used to the right strength, it is usually no longer needed.
- Whitening – manufacturers promise miraculous teeth whitening and removal of stains. Some progress can be made with its help, but miracles cannot be expected. Beware of cheap Chinese devices equipped with this function. They can do more harm than good.
- Timer – a convenient feature, which fortunately is equipped with almost every electric toothbrush. It shows you how long it takes to brush your teeth with a beep. Usually, this is a two-minute time interval divided into four parts after half a minute. It would help if you dedicated this to each segment of your teeth – upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right. Sometimes you may even encounter the designation “Quadpacer.”
- The name indicates the type of movement of the head by tooth. 3D cleaning – it is nothing “world-like.” It is a method of cleaning.
- Massage – this program is used to blood and relax the gums. With the help of gentle and slower movements, he also gives care to this often neglected part of the oral cavity.
- Travel case – an exciting addition in case you travel frequently. This gives you suitable packaging to store your device and accessories for it.
Some tips for brushing your teeth properly.
Since repetition is the mother of wisdom, we summarize the principles of proper care of teeth:
- clean your teeth every day for at least two minutes in the morning and evening
- the best are toothbrushes with a smaller head and as soft bristles as possible
- after cleaning, allow the toothbrush to dry well and replace it every three months
- do not forget about the correct technique of dental care; dentists recommend circular movements
- every evening, special toothbrushes should also be used to clean the inter-toothed areas
The sound of the drill is annoying.
Do you think you do everything right when you care for your teeth but still hear the sound of a drill every time you visit the dentist? Maybe you’re making one of the following mistakes.
- For some reason (you don’t have time, you’re scared…), you do not go to regular check-ups once every six months. Small caries can then become a big problem.
- You choose the wrong toothbrushes. In general, the fewer protrusions and slats, the better for your teeth.
- You are not using an inter-toothbrush or floss. This procedure can be lengthy, but it perfectly cleans the remnants of food from interstitial spaces, thus preventing the formation of caries.
- If the teeth bleed just when using inter-tooth brushes, you stop cleaning. That’s wrong. Continue; this status will be adjusted over time.
- And the most common reason is poor tooth cleaning technique. An example is winding movement. As we have already mentioned, it is recommended to use circular techniques.
How to take care of warheads
Did you know that even the replaceable head of the toothbrush should be taken care of? Bacteria settle between the bristles of the toothbrush, which can cause health problems when overgrown. But the solution is not the old-fashioned boiling of the heads after cleaning in hot water, but exceptional UV sanitation, which uses a built-in UV lamp to eliminate up to 99.9%of all bacteria that have decided to party in your toothbrush.
Compared to a classic toothbrush, electricity is consumed. But it’s so tiny; we can neglect it—a few tens of crowns a year at most. Of course, the input cost of purchasing an electric toothbrush compared to the classic one is several times higher. In addition, you must change the warhead regularly. This will last you about the same as a traditional toothbrush, so usually something between two and three months. The price is similar to that of more expensive toothbrushes, usually count between 100 and 150 CZK. Sometimes they can buy even large packages when the price goes a little lower.
Before you start selecting
Let’s get a little summary of what you need to get straight before getting an electric toothbrush.
- First, choose whether you will prefer a rotary or sonic toothbrush.
- Furthermore, it is necessary to count on a more significant initial investment in the toothbrush and the replacement of the heads, which is needed every two to three months.
- Finally, electric toothbrushes do not usually have replaceable batteries but are rechargeable. Therefore, as soon as their capacity decreases, they go to the trash.
A separate toothbrush is not enough for perfect brush cleaning, and it is necessary to take a few helpers to help it. I remember when dental floss was a big hit but currently recommends intersect toothbrushes to most dentists. Their daily use is the most effective helper in the fight against plaque in the inter-toothed space. A giant toothbrush doesn’t stand a chance because of its shape. It is from the inter-toothed areas that the vast majority arise with dental problems during adulthood. It is caries and bleeding from the gums, which can result in paradentosis. Choose the right inter-tooth toothbrush after consulting with your dentist. The brand is not that important; it is primarily the correct size. You may have a different diameter for the front teeth and another for the stools on the sides. The right choice here is crucial. A small diameter does not clean the space sufficiently, and a large one can damage the gum.
In the following glossary of terms, you can repeat what each type of toothbrush does and can do.
- Rotation – This type of movement is the most common, often with toothbrushes that use other techniques, such as pulsation. It consists of the rotating direction of bristles, which are arranged in circles or bundles.
- Rotation-oscillation – The cleaning rotation technique is enriched with oscillation, i.e., turning the head to the sides 90 degrees back and forth.
- Pulsation – The heads of some rotary or oscillating brushes rotate and pulse, which can reach their bristles even in otherwise inaccessible areas in the teeth.
- Sonic technology – The brushes that use it do not clean with sound, as the name might seem, but vibrate at specific frequencies. As a rule, they have an elongated head.
- Pressure sensor – A function that notifies you of an acoustic or visual signal if you push the toothbrush too hard.
- Timer – Thanks to the timer, you do not have to monitor the cleaning time. It reminds you how long you brush your teeth and how much time you still have to devote to this activity.