June 26, 2019
Today is National Toothbrush Day! The toothbrush has come a long way since 3000 BC, when Egyptians fashioned tools out of twigs and leaves to clean their teeth. An increasing number of high-tech toothbrushes are available, to keep your teeth clean with advancements like Bluetooth connectivity and apps that walk you through the brushing process to improve your technique.
We’ve provided information on some of the most popular high-tech toothbrushes below and highlighted some emerging trends in toothbrushes. If you have any questions about toothbrushes or any element of your oral hygiene, ask us during your dental exam. We’re happy to help!
If you have questions that can’t wait or need to schedule your next visit, call us at 828-355-5673.
4 Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes
If you’re still using a manual toothbrush, now is a good time to consider going electric. Electric toothbrushes offer four important benefits:
- Easier Brushing – Many people, including young children, elderly folks, those with arthritis, or people with dexterity issues will find it easier to use an electric brush. Powered by electricity instead of your hand, it requires far less effort to use. Many folks find it easier to grip a rounded handle too.
- More Consistent Cleaning – With a brush that rotates constantly and applies even pressure, an electric brush can give you more consistent cleaning. Many of them come with different heads that you can experiment with until you find the one you like best.
- Ability to Improve Technique – Many of us could stand to improve our brushing technique. High-tech toothbrushes can help, with features like timers that let you know you’ve brushed long enough and sensors that warn you if you’re using too much pressure.
- Environmentally Friendly – With an electric toothbrush, you swap out the heads instead of discarding the entire brush. This means over time you’ll toss out a lot less plastic.
Check Out High-Tech Toothbrushes
High-tech toothbrushes now incorporate digital technology and other features to help you improve your oral hygiene. You may want to check out some of the brushes we’ve mentioned here.
You can use the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean with an app that lets you know if you’re getting the right angle on the brush or using the right amount of movement and pressure. If you’re aren’t, the app will offer suggestions for improvement. It uses an interface that show teeth getting whiter when proper brushing technique is used.
Other features include:
- Pressure Sensor – If you’re brushing too hard, the handle vibrates and a light flashes. Avoiding excessive pressure helps you avoiding damaging enamel and gums.
- Smart Timers – A timer shuts off your brush at the pre-set time limit for the brushing mode you select, and it alerts with a gentle vibration when you need to move to a new section of your mouth while brushing. The Clean and Sensitive modes last two full minutes, our recommended brushing time. The brush also has a feature that lets you start with lower vibrations, then increase them as you get used to the brush.
The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 offers many of the same features, including an instructional app, timers, and a pressure sensor. It uses oscillation, which means it has slower vibrations than the DiamondClean. Because of this, people with sensitive teeth may find it more comfortable to use.
Thanks to their popularity, both of these brushes offer lots of different brush heads and easy-to-find replacements. We recommend always using soft bristles and replacing the head every three or four months, sooner if the bristles look noticeably frayed.
New Trend to Watch: Hands-Free Toothbrush
One of the newest trends in toothbrushes is a style called a mouthpiece toothbrush. They are sometimes also called hands-free or self-brushing toothbrushes or a full-mouth toothbrush. Similar to a standard electric toothbrush, they sit on a charger between uses. But that is pretty much where the resemblance ends. These U-shaped brushes resemble sports mouthguards. You insert them in your mouth and use them for a fraction of the time as a more traditional toothbrush.
They brush all of the surfaces of the teeth in both your upper and lower jaws, all at once. The idea is to clean your teeth far faster and to reduce the likelihood of human error in brushing technique. Perhaps the best known of the hands-free brushes is Amabrush. While the concept is interesting and holds promise, we aren’t yet recommending hands-free brushes as early consumer reviews for them aren’t great. However, it’s definitely a trend to keep an eye on.
Another New Toothbrush Trend: Subscription Plans
Just like the Dollar Shave Club, which delivers razorblades to your door at regular intervals, you can receive replacement toothbrush heads without ever having to leave home. Two of the best-known ones are Goby and Quip. There are others too, including Burst and Buck Brush. You can also receive heads for Philips and Oral-B brushes through Amazon, the best-known online retailer, and through services called Brusher Club and Toothbrush Hub.
Some of the plans offer a full range of products, including toothbrushes, brush heads, toothpaste, and floss. These plans are certainly convenient. If they help you regularly replace your brush heads, we’re all for it.
Concerned About Cost? Try These Tips
For most folks the biggest downside of an electric toothbrush is the cost. They are considerably more expensive than a manual toothbrush. You can lower the cost considerably by purchasing a single electric brush, then buying a detachable head for each member of your household to use.
Also, we suggest trying a battery-powered model before committing to an electric brush. It will give you a good idea of what using an electric will be like, at a far lower cost.
Any questions? Call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673.