Power Toothbrushes

Power Toothbrushes

What are Power Toothbrushes?

Power toothbrushes can do a better job cleaning your teeth.

They perform superior to a manual toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes come in several brands, prices and places.  How do you chose the right one?  We aren’t talking about battery powered toothbrushes here. Rechargeable power toothbrushes come with a charging station. The 3 key factors in choosing the correct electric toothbrush is

  1. Movement
  2. Safety
  3. Cost

There are many types of power toothbrushes.  For example, one kind uses an oscillating-rotating action and another uses sonic (side- to- side) action to clean your teeth. There are also children’s electric toothbrushes.  These are GREAT for children who don’t like to brush that long!

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Brushing Timer

The average person spends less than a minute when they brush with a manual toothbrush.  A brushing timer helps you to brush for the full 2 minutes suggested by Dr. Angart and our hygienists.

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Movement

Electric toothbrushes will move at or above 25,000 brush strokes per minute.  Yes!  That’s why it feels so clean when you use it!  Its also why you feel so dirty when you are forced to use a manual brush after using and electric one for so long.

Safety – Pressure Sensor

Many electric toothbrushes have pressure sensors that tell you when you are brushing too hard.  That way you won’t hurt your gums or cause damage that can lead to connective tissue grafting from receding gums. The cheaper brushes ($10- $50) do not have this safety feature.  If you press too hard or consistently brush hard, you will start to form gum recession which can not reverse unless you undergo a surgical correction procedure.

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Brushing Modes

This feature lets you choose the way you brush.  If you have sensitive teeth or an area with trauma or a burn, use a gentle mode.  Based on your needs, we may recommend a specific brushing mode for you.  This video shows

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Position Detection

Specialized types of power toothbrushes can detect the area of your mouth that you are currently at, or should be.  When synced with a smartphone, positition detection allows you to track where you are brushing.  This helps to ensure you are brushing the way that your dental professionals recommend.

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Power Toothbrush Heads

Power Toothbrush heads are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your needs.  You can purchase them through our office at a discount or through your grocery store, pharmacy, big box chains and Amazon.  You should replace the brush head every 3 months or when the indicator bristles show it.  Not sure if you have indicator bristles?  With a Sonicare, its the blue bristles towards the end.  With an Oral B, its the blue bristles around the edges.

ORAL B indicator bristles
SONICARE indicator bristles

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