Toothbrushes – Confused by the Varieties?

Categories: Dental, Oral Hygiene

Are All Toothbrushes The Same?

There are basically three types of toothbrushes.

  • Rechargeable Electric Power Toothbrush (includes Sonic)
  • Manual Toothbrush (no electric power)
  • Battery Operated Toothbrush

Each of these types of toothbrushes offers a different type of plaque removal.

Which Toothbrush to Use for Improved Plaque Removal?

A 2005 independent study revealed that “Brushes that work with rotation oscillation action removed more plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes in the short and long-term”.

The rechargeable electric power toothbrush is robust in technology and features, providing numberous health benefits.  The features include:

  • Brushing modes allowing for sensitive teeth and gum massage.
  • Pressure sensors to alert you if you are brushing too hard.
  • Timers to keep track of the amount of time you spend on each quadrant of your mouth.
  • Digital reminders of when your brush head needs replacement.
  • Oscillating rotating or sonic technology.
  • Brush head compatibility for changing bristle types based upon what your dentist suggests is best for your needs.

The manual toothbrush, although no offering the benefits of the rechargeable electric power toothbrush, does have beneficial technology featured in the brush heads.

  • Extra long, crisscrossed or multilevel bristles.
  • Bristle tips that are polished or rounded.
  • Special ergonomically designed grips.
  • Brush heads that are tapered or angled.
  • Pads for tongue cleaning.
  • Gum stimulators.

Finally, the battery operated tooth brush is fairly similar to the manual toothbrush while offering the vibration that provides additional cleaning action.  Both manual and battery powered toothbrushes make it necessary for you to do most of the work.

Considering the importance of the manner in which you brush your teeth, the electric powered toothbrush is often considered your best choice.  Generally, to operate the toothbrush you simply guide it along your teeth.  It may take some time to get used to letting your toothbrush do the work, but the results are worth the effort.

How Do I Choose the Toothbrush That’s Right for Me?

There is an obvious difference in cost of manual toothbrush to battery operated to rechargeable electric, with the latter being the most expensive.  It’s a matter of investment for your overall oral health.

Your best investment, by far, is to schedule a full consultation with your Ocean County Dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem.

With a thorough examination, Dr. Rotem will evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums and will be able, then, to advise you as to which of the choices of toothbrushes are best for your use.

Armed with good buying information and a professional dental evaluation, you can invest, with confidence, in the type of toothbrush system best for you.