There are so many toothbrushes on the market these days. Are you confused about which ones would work best for you? Or which ones work well and are affordable? These are good questions. We will go through the pros and cons of different types of toothbrushes here to help you make a better decision.
The Standard Toothbrush
This kind of toothbrush has been around for thousands of years in one form or another, but you know it as the hand-powered plastic toothbrush that your dental hygienist gives you after she finishes cleaning your teeth. This toothbrush is effective at removing plaque from the surface of your teeth. Newer brushes are designed to reach the in-between places better. They clean only where their bristles can reach, but they are very affordable and can easily be replaced when they get grungy or the bristles become bent.
The Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes have been around for about 60 years. They do the work of moving your arm/hand up and down and side to side for you. Other than that, however, they offer the same kinds of cleaning as traditional toothbrushes: they clean where the bristles can touch. They do scrub much faster than standard toothbrushes, though. Typically this means somewhere between 2,500 and 7,500 strokes per minute. That’s a lot faster than your hand can move.
Prices vary for electric toothbrushes, but they can get fairly pricey, and they do require either electrical outlet or batteries in order to run.
The Sonic Toothbrush
A sonic toothbrush ups the ante on speed exponentially, scrubbing your teeth at the rate of about 31,000 strokes per minute. Sonicare released this technology in 1992, marketing its toothbrush as a plaque destroyer. Sonic toothbrushes attack plaque in two ways. First, the bristles mechanically scrub it from your teeth. Second, the motion from the sonic vibrations stimulates the mouth to release more saliva. That saliva, along with toothpaste and water is pushed by the motion of the brush into the areas between the teeth and also below the gum line. Those are the areas that traditional and basic electric toothbrushes do not reach.
A sonic toothbrush is considerably more expensive than a traditional one, and it requires either an electric outlet or batteries. Studies have shown, though, that people brush longer when they brush their teeth with sonic toothbrushes and report that their teeth feel cleaner as well.
A sonic toothbrush is only superior, however, if it gets used. If you don’t make an effort to brush your teeth regularly, it doesn’t matter how superpowered your toothbrush is. Plaque will eventually do its damage.
If you are looking for the greatest overall cleanliness, a sonic toothbrush is your best option. It’s important to remember that the standard toothbrush still gets teeth pretty clean as long as it’s used consistently and with thoroughness. If you are prone to getting cavities between your teeth, look into purchasing a sonic toothbrush and make a commitment to floss more as well.