Best Electric Toothbrush 2017 – Buyer’s Guideby Steve Jackson | Last Updated January 1, 2017
As my grandmother told me:
“If you do not have time for teeth brushing, a set of false teeth will be your best remedy for caries”.
Electric toothbrushes are not a new phenomenon, but they keep getting better with every year. When I started to thoroughly choose a toothbrush, it turned out to be a hard work.
I’ve made some Internet researches, and then I had been buying toothbrushes and testing it for a couple of months. I made the Top-10 list of the best toothbrushes, that can be bought right now, and posted it online, so that you could also use the information, gathered by me.
The Best Electric Toothbrush 2017
Of course, what is written below is just my personal opinion, but I think, that these toothbrushes are good enough to be included in the top 10 toothbrushes of 2017.
Let’s not waste any more time for the long backstories and move on to the list.
|Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean||Sonic toothbrush||Yes||Yes|
|Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 (Editor’s Choice)||Toothbrush||Interactive||Yes|
|WATERPIK COMPLETE CARE WP-900||Irrigator Toothbrush||Yes||No|
|Pursonic Deep Sweep 5000||Toothbrush||Yes||Yes|
|Oral-B Pro 7000 Toothbrush||Toothbrush||Yes||Yes|
|Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum||Sonic toothbrush||Yes||Yes|
|Oral-B Power PRO 3000||Toothbrush||Yes||Yes|
|Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite||Sonic toothbrush||Yes||No|
|Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Kids||Sonic toothbrush||Yes||No|
|WATER PIK - WP-300 Traveler Irrigator||Irrigator Toothbrush||No||No|
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Further I will tell you about devices in more detail and describe my own experience with them. Run ahead I want to note that I use toothbrush Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 (#2 in rating). That’s because I like high-tech gadgets. I’m sure there will be worth competitors among participants of Best Electric Toothbrush 2018. But now it’s optimal for me.
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean – Best sonicare toothbrush of 2016
The first thing bursts upon the eye is materials’ quality. Certain smartphone vendors might learn a lot about usability if they just looked at package with Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. Toothbrush is placed in plastic case which obtected velvety inside, pleasant to the touch material. Additionally this material is built-in charger.
It would seem there are ordinary glass with holder as a unit. But it is built-in charger too. Firstly I thought that it’s just additional gadget. But in practice it helps keep in mind to charge the toothbrush. Therewith it looks very nice.
Supplied as a unit, two brushes have an enough solidity – not so soft but not too hard, so that there aren’t an irritation. Bristles’ tips of diamond-shaped attachments Diamond Clean will carefully and effective remove any darkening (through drinking coffee, tea, red wine and smoking cigarettes) from enamel just in one week.
Built-in generator in toothbrush Philips Sonicare produce special sound waves which drive bristles. The nature of these motions is sweeping i.e. bristles move up-down during cleaning process, doing 31 000 that motions per minute. Bristles’ beats are creating directed flow of liquid (because there are mixed toothpaste, saliva and water from brush).
DiamondClean has an new generation Li-ion battery which can work up to 21 days without recharging if you will use it twice per day during two minutes in Clean mode. Toothbrush is economic in use: any Philips Sonicare attachment will be applicable to DiamondClean.
Sound technology Sonicare is fundamental different against ultrasound technology because it work not on frequencies about 260Hz while ultrasonic brush, but on much higher frequencies – more than 20 000 Hz.
As a plus will be presence a built-in counter with few programs and 30 sec. intervals. You don’t need remember if you cleaned teeth for enough time, just set up timer on your smartphone – because toothbrush can stop working, for example, after 2 minutes of cleaning. Like a small things but very usefull.
Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 – Best electric toothbrush to buy in 2017
Brushing your teeth is not the most exciting thing in the world. With a new electric toothbrush Braun Oral-B Genius 9000 you will take a fresh look at this routine. This innovative gadget will motivate everyone to clean their mouths, thanks to it’s interesting realization.
Henceforth, toothbrush will be watching you to clean your teeth right, just like a private doctor. The most important feature of this brand-new device is the special application, which works with your smartphone camera. This toothbrush has sensors, that will allow you to more carefully monitor the health of your teeth. If a user of Oral-B Genius misses some areas while tooth brushing, he’ll be immediately notified.
The device has a nice soft-touch coating and 12 various modes for LED lights – both children and adults will definitely find it awesome. At first sight, Oral-B Genius 9000 seems unusual when compared to traditional toothbrush, but you’ll get used to it very soon. Moreover, device can work in 6 different modes – they include three types of tooth brushing, whitening, gum cleaning and even tongue cleaning. So called «three-dimensional» technology of tooth brushing combines swinging movements with pulsation, but pulsation stops right after excessive pressure on teeth to prevent any possible damage.
The most interesting features become available after the linking toothbrush with iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth and installing the “Oral-B App”. Built-in sensor, which defines cleaning zones, uses this app to access the smartphone front camera, and helps to evenly clean the oral cavity.
Using the application, the “clever” toothbrush can provide the user with information about the pressure and the duration of brushing. Built-in pressure sensor slows down the speed of the head rotation to prevent premature destroying of the gum tissue. Also, for the people with bad self-discipline, there are rewards for scrupulous cleaning.
The toothbrush is equipped with a charger, a smart travel case, that is designed to charge not only the toothbrush, but also a smartphone, four extra heads with a container to keep them in, and a smartphone holder. Thanks to the vacuum cup, it is convenient to mount the holder on a mirror in the bathroom, and then it’s little remains to be done: just put in your mobile device that will show all the necessary information.
When compared to other brushes in this series, this brand-new device can work at least for 12-14 days straight without recharging, on condition that it’s being used twice a day, so Braun Oral-B Genius 9000 can be safely taken to a busyness-trip.
WATERPIK COMPLETE CARE WP-900 – Best dental care center
Waterpik brand, which is known for it’s high quality family irrigators, presents a brand-new device – the true dental care center WP-900. It includes Waterpik SR-3000 Sensonic Professional Plus toothbrush, which gives a good cleaning by using the moving bristles and is able to work in 2 modes (slow mode fits the gum tissue cleaning and massage, and the faster one is effective for the plaque removal), and a perfect stationary water flosser.
Dental care center WP-900 is able to destroy any harmful bacteria that gets in gaps between teeth or gingival pockets along the gum line. You won’t get as impressive results with an ordinary toothbrush, as you would with this device.
Water flows are massaging gums, increasing the blood supply to them and mucosa, improving the condition of oral cavity and preventing the inflammation. Studies, made by specialists, have shown that after the 2 in 1 use of irrigator and toothbrush, the plaque disappears by 99%, gums become healthier, and teeth – whiter.
Take a look at its work:
Main advantages of the dental care center
WP-900 fits for the people with bracers, implants, dental bridges and other orthodontic constructions, and helps to improve the cleaning of periodontal pockets. The special orthodontic tip effectively cleans inaccessible interproximal areas.
The brush has a special timer, which shows, when to switch to the next area of brushing and also measures the minimal time you need to clean your teeth. The bristles of brush are rounded and have different lengths in order to provide the effective teeth cleaning.
Water flosser works in 10 modes, which gives an opportunity to smoothly regulate the water flow. The device handle has the “Pause” button on it, that can stop the flow. Water reservoir covered with a cap and has a capsule for extra toothbrush heads.
Irrigator has a button for pressure control. Capacity of reservoir is 750 ml, which is enough for a couple of uses of the water flosser.
This unique device embodies the functional mix of the powerful irrigator and the ultrasonic toothbrush, so You can be sure that your teeth are under reliable protection: buy extra heads and use both water flosser and toothbrush with your entire family!
Pursonic Oral-B Deep Sweep 5000 – Good toothbrush for travel
It meets individual user’s needs.
Oral-B offers large variety of replaceable electric toothbrush’s attachments. All Oral-B models collocate with whole Oral-B attachments. You can choose attachment which will maximally meet your needs.
Wireless navigation device Smart Guide
Special program represents:
• current and cleaning time (cleaning timer),
• quadrant (one-fourth fraction) of oral cavity which recommends clean at the moment
High specification of quality
Сircular-shaped electric toothbrush fits requirements for professional dental instruments. Pulsating movements mellow dental deposit while swinging movements remove incrustation and massage gum for strengthen. Technology allows clean the surface of each tooth from all sides better than ordinary toothbrush.
It will show when you need replace the attachment
Special bristles, when they become colourless for a half, will remind you about attachment’s replacing (on the average – one time for 3 months).
Tooth brushing from all sides
Precision Clean attachment’s head ensures coverage of each tooth thus it demonstrates better cleaning for each tooth from all sides (in comparison with ordinary toothbrush) and massages gum for strengthen.
Careful removing of incrustation
Oral-B 3D White attachment was creating specially for careful removing of incrustation. Polishing cup-like thing in the middle of brush’s area helps regenerate natural teeth’s whiteness.
Effective cleaning of interdental spaces
FlossAction attachment provides more better cleaning than Oral-B Precision Clean attachment because yellow rubber bristles penetrate between teeth and remove incrustation thoroughly.
Careful cleaning sensitive teeth and gum
Very soft bristles of Sensitive attachment ideally suit for careful cleaning sensitive teeth and gum. Blue bristles, when they become colourless for a half, signalize about bristles’ wear and remind you need replace the attachment.
Oral-B Pro 7000 – Soft toothbrush for sensitive gums
Oral-B Black PRO 7000 is a premium version of the popular Oral-B Triumph toothbrush. Brush combines unique design, all latest achievements of german engineers from Braun company and includes the whole Oral-B vendor’s experience of dental assessment. Oral-B Black 7000 toothbrush is equipped by technology bluetooth 4.0 for communication with your smartphone. There are one of the most effective attachment Oral-B Cross Action with brush as a unit. Cross Action attachment’s bristles are placed ideally at angle of 16 degrees for deep cleaning of interdental spaces.
Bluetooth connection allows to synchronize brush with freeware Oral-B App (applicable for iOS and Android only). It gives ability to choose individual cleaning’s program (including matching products for complex care and advices about using of dental floss and dental rinser). Cleaning’s results are presented by the graphics. These outputs allow track the process by you and your attending doctor. This application shows actual news, weather forecast, forthcoming meetings and another add-ins by the cleaning process. It helps clean teeth no less than twice a day for 2 minutes.
Cleaning’s 3D technology mixes swinging and pulsating movements: second ones carefully mellow incrustation while first ones sweep it and massage gum. Oral-B brand was founding on 1950 in California. Together with Braun they produce electric toothbrushes for a more than 50 years. They improve their own technologies at every turn. Oral-B is a leader in toothbrush manufacturing field which recommended by the most dentists (according to the researches were passing on 2011-2012 by Attitude Measurement Corporation agency amongst representative dentist’s sampling).
All attachments are equipped with blue bristles Indicator for help you to remember when you need do replacing (about 3 monthes if you clean twice a day for 2 minutes).
Six modes allow clean not only teeth and gum but all oral cavity. Most popular modes are standart, whitening, massage and delicate clean. Developers spared their attention to sensitive teeth.
Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum – Rechargeable toothbrush
Electric toothbrush Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum has stylish design. Unique cleaning technology Sonicare, which produces foam from toothpaste, saliva and oxygen, not only allows you to brush your teeth in the most effective way possible, but also helps to clean interproximal spaces and the most inaccessible areas. Housing of the toothbrush is made of the high quality plastic, that doesn’t slide in the hand while brushing and prevents any possibility to damage gums and teeth.
The toothbrush is equipped with the battery indicator, which will inform you about the need to recharge the battery with the red light. The full battery charge allows you to brush your teeth for 21 days straight on condition that it’s being used twice a day. Cleaning modes are also listed on the body of the toothbrush, and every of them is lit after you choose it.
Electric toothbrush Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum came out in 2014 and has a number of advantages over the earlier models. The toothbrush became more functional thanks to the indicator of pressure on teeth. Vibrations will signalize you about the excessive pushing.
The toothbrush modes are defined on 3 levels of intensity, so every mode has another 3 levels of intensity that is regulated by the special button on the front of the brush. In order to provide even more comfort, there is an Easy-start function, which regulates intensity of the cleaning, gradually increasing it during the first two weeks.
Unique InterCare heads are made of rounded bristles, that doesn’t damage gums or scratch the tooth enamel. Rows of bristles are placed in the special way, which will allow to carefully clean interproximal spaces and the teeth gum line.
3 working modes:
- Standard brushing – the mode for an everyday tooth brushing with a duration of 2 minutes;
- Gum massage – the mode, which includes standard everyday tooth brushing with a duration of 2 minutes and an extra minute for the gum massage;
- Whitening – the mode, which includes standard everyday tooth brushing with a duration of 2 minutes and extra 30 seconds for the teeth whitening.
The brush has two heads – standard head and a compact one. The bristles on them are rounded and doesn’t damage gums or tooth enamel. The blue bristles are made both for a careful plaque removal and as a wear indicator. Color change of the bristles will notify you to change the head. Improved head technology with a chosen working mode allows to whiten the teeth to the natural state for 28 days.
Oral-B Power PRO 3000 – Аutomatic battery powered toothbrush
The new model of a modern electric toothbrush ORAL-B Trizone 3000 will be a good choice for those, who are used to take care about the purity of their oral cavity and the whiteness of their smile, while saving money. This toothbrush has 3 replaceable heads, each of them providing its own type of use – removing plaque from the enamel, polishing and soft whitening of the teeth, cleaning out food debris from the interproximal areas. Electric toothbrush ORAL-B Trizone 3000 is equipped with a countdown timer of the duration of brushing and a pressure sensor – that provides great result after every use. The brush of this model can work on the power of the Internal battery up to 28 minutes without additional recharge.
Three-zone cleaning technology: the Power Tip bristles clean inaccessible areas, stationary pulsating bristles carefully clean the main surface of the teeth, and the lengthy rotary pulsating bristle gets in the interproximal area. Bristles get deep into the gaps between the teeth, removing up to 100% more plaque when compared to an ordinary toothbrush without changeable cleaning technique.
The front part of a head is moving and has lengthy bristles, that allows to reach even the farthest teeth without the need to widely open the mouth. I think, that it’s very comfortable.
The head is designed for three months of use (on average), on condition that we will brush our teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. This brush also has an indicator of wear. Here’s how discolored bristle looks after 3 months of use.
Charger. After the brush, which worked on the batteries, this one seemed to me as the most comfortable toothbrush in the world. You don’t even need to think about batteries or accumulators, that are getting lost all the time. One charge is enough for me for a week of use.
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite – Best Sonicare toothbrush
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite is packed in a bright box, which contains: a toothbrush handle, Philips ProResults toothbrush head, a charger, that is also a stand for the brush itself and a pair of heads, travel toothbrush case for the brush and heads, and various papers (manual, warranty card and certificate of conformity).
The handle immediately draws attention: it’s made from plastic and soft rubber. Materials don’t have any roughness or scratches. It feels weighty in hand (of course it does – after the use of a regular plastic toothbrush), but it’s not hard to hold. At least, during the two minutes, that takes to clean the teeth, the hand doesn’t get tired. The assembly quality is on top, everything fits together just perfectly. Of course, the handle is waterproofed.
The head is easily placed on a metal pin, leaving a small gap. It may scare at first: is it a defect? No way! This is made on purpose to provide some space for vibration.
In total, Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite creates a very nice impression of a high quality device. Also, it works just fine.
Sonic brush Sonicare HealthyWhite HX6731/02 will surprise even those, who already had experience with an electric toothbrush and got used to its noise. The Philips device resembles the sound of a dental machine – but it’s much quieter. But forget about uneasy associations! The brushing procedure is absolutely painless.
Indeed, the first impression was right: it’s very comfortable to use the toothbrush, and the rubber handle doesn’t slide even in wet hands.
One cycle of cleaning lasts for 2 minutes. This is exactly how long dentists recommend to do it. But there’s one thing: for the manual brush 2 minutes is a required minimum. To carefully remove the tooth plaque, one should spend around 10-15 seconds on each tooth. So, you’ll need at least 5 minutes with a manual toothbrush. It’s long. Especially in the morning, when you’re late for work or studies and each minute is precious. Sonic toothbrush helps to save time.
During the brushing, every 30 seconds there will be a sound signal, which warns you that you should start to clean the next zone of the oral cavity. Begin with the outer surface of the upper teeth, then clean the inner surface and go to the next jaw. After the whole cycle the toothbrush will turn off automatically.
There’s one more moment: many people are interested, if they can use a sonic brush with braces or dental fillings. Philips Sonicare can be safely used to clean the repaired parts of teeth (fillings and crowns), implants, orthodontic constructions: braces, retainers and so on (in this case service time of the head will decrease).
Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Kids – Electric toothbrush for kids
How did this toothbrush get into the review? The answer is that I have an experience with it. I don’t make experiments on my son the same way i do on myself, so there will be only one kids toothbrush in my review.
Philips Sonicare For Kids – it is a baby toothbrush for the children below 4. It provides the maximum plaque removal and has a sonic technology, individual stickers and educational accessories, that are meant for development of the tooth brushing skills, that will be remembered for the entire life.
Two sizes of brush heads
Electric toothbrush Philips Sonicare has brushes of two sizes, that are designed specially for the careful cleaning and protection of the growing teeth.
KidPacer plays funny ringtones
Funny ringtones inspire children to careful tooth brushing for the duration of two minutes (according to recommendations of dentists).
KidTimer allows to increase the cleaning time
In order to help a kid get used to everyday oral hygiene routine, the electric toothbrush gradually increases the duration of cleaning in 90 days. As a result, naturally develops a good habit of brushing the teeth for 2 minutes (according to recommendations of dentists). Careful and effective tooth brushing is provided by 2 power consumption modes, that are safe for the kids.
The toothbrush has two modes, that are safe for the children, so it guaranties the proper tooth brushing according to the age. The gentle cleaning mode is meant for the babies, and the intensive cleaning mode is used by the older kids.
Funny removable stickers for an individual design.
Now your baby can design his brush himself, making it unique.
A reliable handle lets babies keep toothbrush in an upright position and apply toothpaste in a horizontal position.
Dynamic liquid flow Sonicare clears the interdental spaces
Unique dynamic technology carefully and effectively clears the interdental spaces and gum lines.
Rubberized top of the replaceable head for the safe brushing of the children’s teeth.
Rubberized cleaning head of the electric toothbrush is made to protect the growing teeth.
WATER PIK – WP-300 Traveler – Best toothbrush for braces
If you’re looking for a simple and comfortable device, that would provide the high quality of oral hygiene – Waterpik WP 300 water flosser is made for you. This device is high powered, which allows to effectively clean the oral cavity from bacteria, food debris and plaque.
Waterpik WP-300 irrigator will become your indispensable assistant in travelling.
WP 300 water flosser can be easily put in a bag for transportation. The irrigator is compact, which gives an additional convenience on travel and in the small bathrooms.
Despite the fact that this water flosser is twice smaller than stationary models, its engine offers 1200 pulsating jets per minute. The water pressure is regulated in the range from 70 to 550 kPa. The low level of noise, which Waterpik 300 creates, makes the procedure of cleaning teeth more enjoyable, as evidenced by the numerous of positive reviews. Waterpik WP-300 Traveler irrigator is the quietest, when compared with the other company devices.
“Traveler” water flosser is made specially for those, who frequently travel and yet want to have the advantage of a stationary irrigator – the high water pressure. The water pressure excellently provides food debris removal from the interdental spaces, prevents tartar buildup, strengthens the gums, helps to get rid of bad breath (halitosis).
Thanks to 1200 pulsating jets per minute, that this device provides, and the powerful water stream, which nicely cleans plaque and food debris from the most inaccessible areas, WaterPik WP 300 water flosser, which you can buy at an affordable price, excellently fits for those, who wears various orthodontic appliances, such as crowns or braces.
Dentists don’t recommend to use an irrigator with ordinary water. It cleans food debris well, but, unfortunately, it’s not able to destroy harmful bacteria – that are the source of gingivitis, periodontitis, and caries. That’s why oral balms are so advisable to use.
Waterpik 300 water flosser has a comfortable long cord, which will reach to even the farthest power socket, and a universal adapter.
The best toothbrush. Why is it so hard to choose it?
It’s believed, that the effectiveness of tooth brushing heavily depends on two factors: the first one is if you know, how to brush your teeth right, and the second one – what toothbrush do you use. The wrong choice of the cleaning device can cause a lot of harm: damage the enamel, cause gums microtraums, develop stomatitis and other troubles. Therefore, before you start choosing the toothbrush that is the best for you, first of all, check the state of your gums, the amount of plaque and the presence of orthodontic appliances, such as veneers, crowns and dental implants.
After you identify (you should better do it with a dentist) the problems you’ll have to deal with, you can start looking for a suitable toothbrush. There are plenty of brands: Phillips Sonicare, WATER PIK, Oral B and many more. All of them offer different models and modifications of toothbrushes. Let’s find out, what are the differences between a sonic brush and an electric brush and how do they impact on the oral hygiene.
An electric toothbrush in the right hands can effectively clean all of your 32 teeth for only a couple of minutes. Different heads and lots of working modes allows you to choose the most appropriate model.
There are three types of electric toothbrushes – normal, sonic and ultrasonic.
Head of an ordinary electric brush makes several rotating movements per minute. Such simple electrical toothbrushes are much cheaper, than sonic and ultrasonic models, but they barely remove plaque, especially in the inaccessible areas.
Sonic brushes do 20 000 – 30 000 vibration movements per minute, cleaning teeth much carefully. Sonic wave from the vibrating head is able to get under gum tissue up to 5 mm, that allows to remove plaque from the unseen parts of the tooth. Such toothbrushes are recommended to people, suffering from diseases of oral cavity, that limit the use of the ultrasound models.
Ultrasonic toothbrushes give the best result of the plaque removal. Besides standard and sonic methods, they are able to clean teeth not mechanically, but by generating ultrasound, which destroys plaque and tartar, but leaves the enamel untouched. However, you’ll need to consult with dentist before buying it, due to the possible medical contraindications.
An irrigator – is a device for the oral hygiene. It uses thin liquid jets under the high pressure to clean teeth and massage gums. Water flossers are used against stomatitis, caries and gum diseases, and also to get rid of the bad breath and remove plaque.
The number of heads
Many electrical toothbrushes have extra heads of different colors – for every member of a family. Standard toothbrush heads differ by the stiffness of bristle. The soft bristle is recommended for children and people with hypersensitive teeth. The medium bristle is recommended for people with healthy teeth. The hard bristle can only be used under a dentist recommendation.
In addition to a several identical heads, the set might include extra ones. The whitening head (meant for smokers and coffee lovers) has soft polishing pieces. The head for the gum massage (which is recommended for people, suffering from periodontal disease) has rubber inserts around the bristles. The interdental head (for those, who wear braces or have wide gaps between the teeth) has a thin beam of bristles, that is able to penetrate in gaps between the teeth, removing plaque in places, invisible to the eye. Standard and optional heads can also be purchased separately.
Some of the models of electric toothbrushes have an ability to switch modes of speed and types of the head motion. The low speed mode is recommended for people with sensitive teeth and bleeding gums. It’s recommended to clean braces, lumineers or veneers at the low speed. Standard mode is suitable for the most people with healthy teeth. The whitening mode has the increased intensity of vibration or the head rotation.
All electric brushes are powered by batteries or accumulators. Cordless models are more expensive, but more economical, though they are a little heavier. Typically, one battery charge is enough to provide a few days to a whole week of daily cleaning by the all family members, and the time of charging the battery ranges from 2 to 12 hours.
Portable models of irrigators have a built-in accumulator – they can be used not only at home, but also can be taken to a cottage or on a trip. Water flossers of this type are light and compact, but just as effective as stationary models. Typically, each device has a set of different sized heads, that allows it to be used by the all family members.
It’s recommended for children to use the special kid’s toothbrushes. When compared to the adult models, they have a smaller head size and a softer bristle. Models for kids vary widely, depending on the age of the child, for which the brush is designed. Usually, the age category is specified by the manufacturer on the packaging. For the older kids, the bristles may be stiffer, and the brush head may rotate faster.
Pressure sensor warns about the excessive pressure of the bristle on the surface of teeth, which helps to prevent damaging of enamel or gums. This feature is useful for children and people with sensitive teeth, for whom the strong pressure on a tooth even for a short time can be painful.
The charge Indicator tells you, when you need to replace the batteries or recharge the accumulator. This addition is especially useful when traveling.
Some of the toothbrush heads have bristles, painted in a special bright color, which erases with time. It’s time to change the head, when the color of these special bristles becomes the same as the other bristles. It is necessary for hygienic purposes, as well as for the more efficient use of a toothbrush.
Expensive toothbrushes are equipped with a display, which is located either on the handle of the brush, or installed independently on a shelf, a sink or a wall. The display shows information about the tooth brushing time, the charge indicator and the wear of the head.
Who invented the toothbrush, and when was it invented?
In the era of ultrasonic and electric toothbrushes, can you imagine your life without this small and extremely irreplaceable hygienic tool? Only 75 years ago people could only dream or guess about the more or less modern toothbrush.
The still known Oral-B brand presented and released on the mass market the toothbrush only in the 1938. The toothbrush bristle wasn’t animal, but was made of nylon – a synthetic material.
The world’s first electric toothbrush appeared in the 1959. In decades, the world has learned that there is also a sonic toothbrush.
Today the market is filled with offers of toothbrushes, mouthwashes, toothpastes and tooth whitening creams from various brands.
Choosing a toothbrush stiffness
Bristle stiffness depends on its fiber diameter – the bigger diameter means the harder stiffness.
A toothbrush stiffness is necessarily written on its box. It may be ultra soft (extra soft), soft, medium, hard and ultra hard (extra hard). The ultra soft bristle is recommended for children under 5 and people with hypersensitive teeth. The soft bristle is recommended for children from 5 to 12 and people with bleeding, swelling or tender gums or the hard tooth tissue reduction. The medium bristle fits children above 12 and adults.
Hard and ultra hard toothbrushes can only be used under a dentist recommendation, since they can traumatize gum and cause the hard tooth tissue reduction, and their bristles aren’t flexible enough to penetrate into the interdental spaces and under the gums.
The American Dental Association (ADA) tests toothbrushes to ensure safety and effective cleaning. You can read ADA tips for choosing the right toothbrush.
How to sanitize a toothbrush?
Toothbrush sanitizing is something that we often ignore or underestimate. But if you’d looked at a Petri dish, which contained all bacteria from your toothbrush, you would be afraid to brush your teeth next time, before sanitizing it.
A toothbrush is one of the things, that you use every day and which requires sanitizing, since it’s used to remove bacteria and microbes from your teeth, and the ordinary water is not effective to wash it. Running water doesn’t sanitize toothbrush bristles. In fact, it’s said, that washing a toothbrush with water gives the same effect, as you’d get without cleaning it at all.
Ways to sanitize a toothbrush
Antiseptic mouthwash: Dip the toothbrush in antiseptic mouthwash for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the toothbrush from mouthwash, wash it with normal or hot water and let it dry. Do not put your toothbrush in a case without letting it dry. Antiseptic mouthwashes help to destroy bacteria and microbes and sanitize your toothbrush.
Microwave: Place your toothbrush in a microwave for about 15 seconds. It is found that the radiation, emitted by microwaves, destroy bacteria and microbes on a toothbrush.
Dishwasher: According to tests, sanitizing toothbrush in a dishwasher provides the most effective results of removing bacteria, when compared to washing in the hot water or under the strong pressure.
Boiling: One more way to effectively sanitize a toothbrush is a traditional boiling in a container, full of water. Boil the brush of about 15 minutes, and then let it dry. The only flaw of this method is that toothbrush bristle wears down quicker, than it normally would. Moreover, this method can’t be used to sanitize an electric toothbrush.
Ultraviolet sterilization lamp: You can also sterilize your toothbrush, using ultraviolet sanitizer. To use an UV toothbrush cleaner, you need to turn over the toothbrush and put it in it. The cover of the device is transparent, so its light tells you, if it’s working or not. Sterilization lasts for about 10 minutes, and the device will automatically turn off afterwards.
Steam and dry heat sterilization: There are other electronic disinfecting devices, that sanitize toothbrushes with steam and dry heat.
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2): You can sanitize your toothbrush by keeping it in a hydrogen peroxide solution. You need to renew it every day, so this is not a very comfortable method.
White vinegar: Pour some white vinegar in a clean container and place a flipped over toothbrush in it. This procedure helps to disinfect a toothbrush, but it isn’t 100% effective.
Author’s choice – Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer
- It disinfects the cleaning heads with ultraviolet radiation;
- Automatically turns off after finishing work;
- After the cycle, toothbrush heads are kept in it, so UV sanitizer is also used as a toothbrush holder;
- Disinfects two Sonicare heads at the same time, using 10-minute UV-radiation.
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Using of electric toothbrush
Before you will start cleaning
Before you will start cleaning, don’t forget to ask your dentist about cleaning guidelines. Also it can be helpful to learn instruction attached to electric toothbrush. For a start you need to spread a little fluorine’s toothpaste on the attachment’s head (don’t forget to replace it every 3 months).
Twice per day for 2 minutes
For a proper teeth’s cleaning you have to clean them at least for 2 minutes. You need use recommended technique of cleaning that includes 30 seconds for cleaning every segment of your mouth (top-right, top-left, bottom-right, bottom-left) twice per day – in the morning and in the evening.
Majority of electric toothbrushes have a built-in two-minutes’ timer and some of them – professional 30-seconds’ timer for timing on a every oral cavity’s quadrant.
If you use such brush you don’t need to press strongly or polish teeth. Just direct brush when you are doing cleaning. Some toothbrushes have pressure sensors which signalize if you press teeth too strongly when clean.
Teeth require regular cleaning in order to their surface stay snow-white and your breathing can be comparable with fresh mint flavor. You already know old-time ordinary toothbrushes. Recently you have been buying electric toothbrush but don’t know what to do first. Read next for find out how to use it!
Charge it. Without power your electric toothbrush will be just ordinary brush. Don’t forget to connect it with charger or to replace batteries on time when notice it is discharged. Holds charger near to the washbasin thereby it can be easy to reach it, but not too near thereby it won’t fall in washbasin and won’t cause a short circuit.
Maintain your brush in good state. There have to be soft nylon bristles in your electric toothbrush. These bristles will wear out for a few months of regular using and will be less effective. Therefore replace the brush or it’s attachment when just noted unavoidable defects.
Moisten your toothbrush. Squeeze a little toothpaste on the brush out. Excessive quantity of paste can lead to plentiful foaming What made you spit out very quick and finish teeth’s cleaning before it’s required.
Split your oral cavity for a quarters: top and bottom parts, left and right sides. Start from top quarter, on a gum level, holds the brush by the angle of 45 degree. Make an little effort and pass small circles by brush covers few teeth at a time. Working bristles of electric brush will make cleaning’s basic effort.
Clean your teeth thoroughly. Spend about 30 seconds for every quarter’s cleaning. Clean inside and outside, between teeth as well as chewing’s surfaces. In whole you will spend 2-3 minutes, at the most. Too strong effort can damage your gum or wear dental enamel untimely. Therewith if you start clean your teeth right after meal with high acidity, or drinking juice like orange, or drinking lemonade, it can damage enamel. It will be better to wait for 30-60 seconds before start teeth’s cleaning.
Clean your tongue. You will get rid of bacteria which cause bad breath. Don’t clean too aggressive otherwise there is a risk of tongue’s surface corruption.
Rinse your oral cavity out. For it just fill your mouth with some water, gargle and spit out. Even there are debates about practicability of gargling after cleaning. Certain ones think that fluorine contained in paste cures teeth pretty good. Another ones think that it can just harm. Some just don’t like the taste of toothpaste! If your teeth subject to fractures’ appearance, it can be better don’t gargle mouth or use a little water for it – that will keep some cure’s fluorine in your mouth.
There are researches about oral cavity’s gargling after teeth’s cleaning don’t affect to fluorine’s quantity which effect on teeth’s enamel.
Rinse your toothbrush. Take the brush and rinse it with sheet of water for a few seconds. Place it on the board by bristle’s upwards in order that it will be able to dry out.
Finish the cleaning by the fluorid dental rinser (if needed). Feel your mouth with some mouthwashes, gargle for about 30 seconds and spit out. Be carefull – don’t swallow it by the process.
Place brush on the board or battery. When you charge the brush you will sure of it’s readiness by necessity. If the brush is already fully charged than disconnect the battery. It will economize the electricity.
- Make sure you cleaned every part of every tooth well.
- Clean teeth at least twice per day or after every meal.
- Don’t forget about dental floss!
Electric toothbrushes oscillate at speed 3000-7500 beats per minute; sonic brushes do up to 30 000 beats compared with ordinary brushes which oscillate at speed about 600 beats per minute. However newest researches show that using of ordinary toothbrushes is none worse than using of modern electric ones. Key to success – regular and effective habit to clean teeth.
Final Words – Conclusion
When choosing a toothbrush, you should pay attention to the following moments:
Technically and functionally reach electric toothbrushes does great benefit for the oral cavity hygiene. Some of them can even help you to improve your dental care habits.
After the morning and the evening tooth brushing you need to also clean your tongue – this is where the 60% of harmful bacteria are piling up, that can cause the gum inflammation and increase the risk of caries. Of course, you can just wash your tongue with a clean wet toothbrush, or turn it over and use its special tongue scrapper.
A toothbrush gets dirty very easily. You need to keep it perfectly clean. You should clear the bristles from food debris, toothpaste and plaque. Afterwards, your toothbrush must nicely dry up.
Furthermore, for the right and the complete oral cavity hygiene, twice a year you need to take procedures of the professional tooth cleaning by a dentist.