More and more dental patients today ask about electric toothbrushes. Many dental professionals also recommend electric toothbrushes for their patients. One of the main reasons is to reduce damage to the teeth caused by brushing with excessive pressure. Dentists say toothbrush abrasion as it is commonly known is trauma induced recession of the gums that leads to exposure of the root surface of the tooth. This can lead to severe sensitivity. More research at “Electric Toothbrush Dentists Mount Pleasant South Carolina “. An electric toothbrush can help prevent toothbrush abrasion by eliminating the poor brushing technique. An electric toothbrush is also recommended for patients with poor manual dexterity.
As we mentioned before the two most popular brands of electric toothbrushes are Oral B and Sonicare. Having tried them both I would like to discuss the major things I like and dislike about each. This will strictly be a dental office comparison between the two brands.
Oral B Electric Toothbrush
The head of an Oral B toothbrush is round and rotates in a circular motion clockwise and counterclockwise. Dental plaque is removed mechanically just like a manual toothbrush. They are well designed, looks sharp, have a good battery life, and if used properly, do a great job eliminating plaque. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit noisy. Overall it is a quality product that I would recommend to everyone.
Sonicare Electric Toothbrush
The head of a Sonicare toothbrush is rectangular and oscillates at a very fast rate back and forth. Plaque seen by the general dentistry office is removed through the motion of the brush as well as the sonic wave created by the brush. These toothbrushes are also well made. They function just as well as the Oral B and if used properly do a great job with plaque removal. The only disadvantage I encountered was that after using it for about two years, the battery failed. There is no way to replace the battery, which means that a new unit has to be purchased. I am trying out the new ones to see if there is improvement in that category.
Philips Sonicare Toothbrush
No review on this other than to mention it as an option for you to do your own research on and let your best dentist evaluate the results.
In summary, no matter which brand you choose you will be happy with the result. If you were never educated by your dentist on proper technique of brushing, the electric toothbrush will help you keep things simple and eliminate plaque in the process.