Technological progress in the field of oral hygiene is not standing still. Comfortable and efficient electric toothbrushes have been produced and regularly improved for a long time. However, until now, not everyone uses them. One of the reasons, along with the higher cost compared to conventional brushes, is the lack of knowledge of how electric models differ from conventional ones. Should you change your brush to an electric one?
If, when using a conventional brush, you need to carry out intensive cleaning movements, then in the case of an electric one, you just need to slowly move it along the teeth. Cleaning is carried out automatically. This is especially true for people with pain in the joints of the fingers (arthritis, etc.).
There are three types of electric toothbrushes: rotary , sonic, and ultrasonic . With rotary brushes, the cleaning head rotates rapidly from side to side. In sonic, bristles are driven by high frequency sound waves. Ultrasonics use ultrasound for this, so they work silently. When you turn on the ultrasound brush, it may seem that nothing is happening. However, if you apply the paste, it starts to foam. Conventional toothbrushes differ only in the design, material and stiffness of the bristles, the principle of operation is the same for them. Ideally, you need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, but rarely does anyone really maintain this interval, since you have to control the brushing time yourself.
The timer, available in most electrical models, makes it possible not to monitor the time of the procedure. The timer can work in general mode, it can also be set to specific time intervals for different zones or cleaning modes. Depending on the model, electric brushes can have from one to five operating modes. For example, the mode of whitening, delicate cleaning, massage.
Electric brushes run on batteries, more expensive versions are on battery. The charge, depending on the model and frequency of use, lasts from several days to several weeks. From time to time, batteries or rechargeable batteries may not sit down on time, while a regular toothbrush is always ready for use.
In addition to the price and autonomy, the advantage of conventional brushes is also a wider range of models of various ergonomics, among which you can easily choose the best option for yourself, so that it fits comfortably in your hand during use and at the same time effectively copes with its task.
Thanks to the ability to change attachments, one electric brush can be used by the whole family. The attachments can be marked with different colors, which makes it easier to use the same brush together. You can install various specialized attachments, for example, for whitening: manufacturers often produce such attachments for most of their models.
Conventional brushes also serve different purposes, but you may find that you need to use several toothbrushes every day for highly specialized tasks. For example, for cleaning orthodontic appliances. In this case, electric toothbrushes can be supplemented with one more attachment, which takes up less space. However, if we compare the dimensions of the brushes themselves, then ordinary brushes are much more compact, since in the electric brush it is necessary to provide a place for the motor, battery and other components.
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Due to wear and tear, it is recommended to periodically change the tips – at least once every three months. Some attachments have special indicator bristles. A decrease in them to a certain level or a change in color indicates the need to replace the nozzle with a new one. Advanced brushes can be equipped with a digital reminder to replace the brush head. Some models have a special UV disinfector in the kit , which serves to remove germs remaining on the nozzle after use.
Conventional toothbrushes are less commonly equipped with a wear indicator. In addition, due to the low cost, additional accessories are not included with such brushes. Regular brushes, as well as attachments, need to be replaced every three months. Here, the classic brushes have a gain in price, since the replacement of the brush is on average cheaper than the replacement of the nozzle. Especially when it comes to changing attachments for the whole family.
Electric toothbrushes and charging docks contain electronic components that can be damaged. Manufacturers protect the brushes from moisture and toothpaste, but the breakdown of one or another component is not uncommon, since only the brush heads are subject to regular replacement, and the electric brush itself has been used for years. It is difficult to break a regular toothbrush, but it is possible. But usually she still fulfills her 3 months before the planned replacement.
Tests conducted with electric brushes show that they can remove up to 90% of plaque. It should be noted that 100% cleaning of plaque is possible only with professional cleaning at the dentist. A classic brush performs an average of ten strokes per area, while a rotary brush head performs several thousand strokes per minute. The frequency of vibrations of the bristles of a sonic brush reaches tens of thousands per minute, and of an ultrasonic one – millions.
Electric brushes are much better at cleaning hard-to-reach areas. When using ultrasonic brushes, the paste dissolved in a liquid is converted into lyosol, which, under the influence of ultrasound waves, can penetrate into the space between the teeth and under the gum. Ultrasound also kills some of the microbes in the mouth. The electric brushes are also good for gum massage (there are special modes for massage). Some models, for example, Philips and Oral-B, monitor the correctness of brushing and give individual recommendations through the application so that the owner of the brush really brushes his teeth properly.
Conventional brushes cannot be compared to electric ones in terms of brushing efficiency per unit of time, however, the effectiveness of classic dental care can be increased by wisely choosing a brush and toothpaste. If, for example, a whitening effect is required, then a stiff bristled brush and a whitening paste must be chosen. When choosing a regular brush, you should pay attention to the bristle configuration. For example, crisscross bristles do a better job of cleaning the interdental spaces.
There is a widespread concern that the electric brush, at its high vibration intensity, can damage tooth enamel, gums, fillings and dentures. In reality, the risk of causing some damage with a regular brush with stiff bristles, if used too zealously, is no less than an electric one, especially if you are used to pressing hard on the brush.
Many models of electric brushes are equipped with a special pressure sensor that monitors how much the bristles are pressed against the tooth enamel during brushing. In case of excessive pressure, a sound or light signal is emitted, or the operation of the brush stops.
Like conventional toothbrushes, electric heads differ in the stiffness of the bristles. Before buying an electric brush, it is recommended to additionally consult with your dentist in case of increased sensitivity of the teeth and gums, the presence of dental structures and other problems. He will recommend the type and hardness of the brush that best suits your teeth. This is especially the case for ultrasonic brushes, the careless use of which is believed to pose a threat to dentures or large fillings.
Using the mobile app
If the brush has a Bluetooth module, you can use a special mobile application (for example, the Oral-B app for smart brushes of this brand), with which you can control the device and control the process. The cleaning recognition system and 3D tracking allow you to clean all, without exception, areas of the jaw. You can customize individual care programs, track bleeding gums and more.
There are similar applications without syncing with the brush. They can be used with electric brushes without Bluetooth, as well as with conventional ones. For example, the “32 teeth” utility includes a reminder of the brushing time, a timer and a visual algorithm. The application will be useful primarily for children, helping them to instill the right skills.
Motivation for children
There are a large number of special children’s brushes on the market with a bright, cute design and soft bristles. However, parents are often afraid to buy an electric brush for a child, believing that it can damage the delicate children’s teeth and gums.
But practice shows that it is easier to teach children to regularly brush their teeth with an electric brush than a regular one, since the process of using an electric brush is much more interesting for them. Children are rather careless about oral hygiene, they are too lazy to thoroughly brush their teeth. The electric brush greatly facilitates their task and is perceived with much greater optimism. The child will perceive the use of the brush in combination with a mobile application, which will remind about the brushing time, as a
Conventional brushes are inferior to electric ones in terms of convenience and efficiency, but they significantly benefit in price. Conventional toothbrushes are purchased individually for each family member, while one electric brush with different attachments can be used by the whole family. However, buying attachments (especially specialized ones) will be noticeably more expensive than replacing conventional brushes.
A traditional brush cannot break, as there is practically nothing to break. Electric, however, after several months, this or that malfunction can be comprehended. This is especially true for cheap Chinese models.
Inexpensive electric brushes offer limited functionality and a not particularly capacious battery. However, even in the middle price category, the battery life can be up to 3-4 weeks. A regular brush is generally network independent and has a more compact size, which makes it more attractive for hiking or camping trips.
The ergonomics of conventional brushes seem to be more attractive, but for electric ones it is not so important, since cleaning does not require intensive manipulations. As a result, electric brushes are easier to brush your teeth, especially if they come with multiple modes. In this case, brushing will be more effective compared to a conventional toothbrush. This is especially true for children who are more willing to brush their teeth with electric brushes, master them faster and achieve better results.