Welcome to Toothbrush Tech
This website was especially created for a number of reasons.
- I was frustrated with the lack of high quality independent reviews of electric toothbrushes.
- The UK actually has more choice than the States. We have toothbrushes here that they don’t have in America and no-one was reviewing them.
- To provide recent news and information on the latest advancements in oral hygiene. Believe it or not 2015 is going to see some really exciting new products hitting the market.
On this page you will find a guide that helps to understand some of the words used to describe toothbrushes like, sonic and quadrant timers. You can also find links to the best reviews online and a page with my favorite electric toothbrushes of the year.
Top Rated Posts
- If you want a quick summary of what I think the top rated toothbrushes are then click here: Best Electric Toothbrushes.
- My complete guide to Oral B electric toothbrushes.
- My complete guide to Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes.
- Compare prices and snag a bargain from my Special Offers page.
Electric toothbrush vs Manual
If you look online at most independent research on the manual verses electric toothbrush debate they will tell you that an electric toothbrush is just as effective as a manual toothbrush if you brush using the right technique for the right amount of time. The key words here are: if you brush using the right technique. The question is, what does a better job when you are half-asleep. An manual toothbrush or an electric one? With prices starting at £20 for a good but basic electric toothbrush, electric gets my vote every time.
What’s a sonic toothbrush?
The difference between sonic toothbrushes and regular ones is all about the movement of the toothbrush head. Sonic electric toothbrushes work by making the toothbrush head vibrate at incredibly high speed which loosens food debris on your teeth. A secondary benefit of this motion is that it also forces fluid like saliva in-between your teeth and along the gum line which also helps remove plaque. The sensation of a sonic toothbrush can feel very strange to start with so it is often recommended that new users start on a low vibration setting and then build up.
Traditional electric toothbrushes will do one of the following. The toothbrush bristles may rotate. If the toothbrush says it oscillates, that means it rotates in opposite directs, one toothbrush at a time. A pulsing motion means that the toothbrush is gently pushed against your teeth whilst spinning which helps remove plaque. Oral B has recently released a new range of electric toothbrushes with a 3D motion that means the heads pulsate, oscillate and rotate at the same time.
Older electric toothbrushes used to be quite cumbersome and uncomfortable. Nowadays the are becoming a lot sleeker and more comfortable.
Cheaper electric toothbrushes tend to have one mode. As the model increase in price so do the options. These options include settings like teeth whitening mode, sensitive teeth settings, gum care and even tongue cleaning options. These models will also give you some kind of indication of what mode you are on.
Dentists recommend that you clean your teeth for at least two minutes a day twice a day. Some toothbrushes come with two minute timers that vibrate to let you know you’ve cleaned for the right amount of time. More expensive models will beep or pause every thirty seconds to let you know when to change your move your toothbrush to the next quadrant of your mouth. Check out the diagram below which shows you what I mean by quadrants.
Believe it or not, it is possible to brush your teeth too hard which can remove tooth enamel rather than protect it. More expensive electric toothbrushes come with pressure sensors which will either warn you that you are brushing to hard or slow down the rotations so that you can’t damage your enamel.
The battery life of rechargeable electric toothbrushes varies depending on the model and the make. The average life seems to be about seven days. That time is based on brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. The longest battery life belongs to the high end Sonicare brushes which can last for up to three weeks. To sustain battery power most manufacturers recommend that you let your toothbrush run down completely every six months and then let it fully recharge. This normally takes about 24 hours. Mid-range and above toothbrushes will let you know when you need to recharge your battery. There is nothing worse than using a cheap electric toothbrush that suddenly dies half way through cleaning your teeth!
Even if you clean your teeth as you are meant to you can still miss some spots and cleaning alone doesn’t remove all food debris from your mouth. Also, if you have braces or any kind of dental work, brushing gets a bit more complicated which is why flossing is so important.
What about mouth wash I here you ask. Mouth wash helps but flossing is all about reaching the gaps in between your teeth that toothbrushes simply cannot reach. The British dental association suggest that flossing before using a toothbrush is more effective because more fluoride can reach the parts where plaque used to be. In fact they say that the combination of flossing and brushing your teeth together will reduce halitosis. That’s bad breath by the way :-).
Some people don’t like doing it because the thought of putting dental floss between our teeth is horrifying. Maybe you have done it before and the taste of blood has put you off. This is where electronic flossing or water flossers come in. I have written two reviews on what I think are two of the best oral irrigators on the market which you can read.