Lots of people these days use electric toothbrushes to keep their pearly whites nice and bright. But are they really better? Yes, say, dentists, who overwhelmingly recommend them as the best means of keeping your teeth clean and free from plaque and its damaging effects. Yet simply purchasing an electric toothbrush doesn`t guarantee great results. You also need to make sure you brush at least twice daily, spend at least two minutes a session brushing and use the proper brushing technique (yes, there`s a technique to it). Before you rush out to buy an electric toothbrush, do a little research. First, electric toothbrushes aren`t the same as battery-powered toothbrushes, which are similar to manual brushes but use an AA battery to make the bristles vibrate a little, thus providing some extra cleaning. True electric toothbrushes are rechargeable units that plug into the wall. You change the brush heads every three to six months and keep the handle, which receives the charge. The heads come in different shapes and sizes and work differently. They may oscillate, vibrate, rotate or use sonic technology. Electric brushes also come with various features, such as special modes for sensitive teeth, gum massage, and whitening. Some come with pressure sensors that let you know if you`re brushing too hard or feature digital reminders to replace your brush head. Most are packaged with extras such as toothbrush holders and travel chargers. The major drawback to electric toothbrushes, in many people`s opinions, is the cost; starter kits are generally $50 to $75, although you can purchase some for less than $25 or more than $100. In the long run, however, they may not cost much more than manual brushes, as they need to be replaced far less often.
win hands down over manual brushes when it comes to cleaning ability. The electric version`s whirring bristles remove plaque better and faster, for starters. Their more advanced designs are also able to get at hard-to-clean areas like the backs of molars and the gum line, thus helping to prevent cavities and gingivitis. Not surprisingly, then, both the American Journal of Dentistry and the British Dental Journal support the use of electric toothbrushes. But don`t just listen to the sages at dental journals. Regular folks are big electric toothbrush fans, too. In a survey of 16,000 patients published by the American Dental Association, more than 80 percent said they improved their oral cleanliness after switching from their manual toothbrushes to an electric version. It`s hard to argue with that! It`s ironic -- you try so hard to get your teeth nice and clean that you wind up brushing too hard. Most often, this means you injure your gums, possibly even causing some gum recession. (And gum tissue never grows back.) Brushing too vigorously can also remove enamel from the tooth surface, causing sensitivity to cold, heat and other stimuli. One of the major benefits of electric toothbrushes is that it`s nearly impossible to brush too hard with them because you shouldn`t really be doing the brushing. With an electric toothbrush, you simply hold the brush and let its moving bristles do the work. You do reposition the brush over different parts of your mouth, but you`re not supposed to be vigorously moving the brush back and forth, and you definitely shouldn`t be applying pressure. Some models even have sensors that will automatically reduce the power if you start brushing too hard. This is a great option for those who are prone to using a little too much force when they brush.
There`s some debate about whether electric toothbrushes are less harmful to the environment than manual toothbrushes. Those who say yes note that you would go through a lot of "regular" toothbrushes (the heads of which aren`t recyclable) before you dispose of an electric brush, most of which use replaceable heads. In fact, according to the environmental experts at Green Your, it takes between 14 and 42 toothbrush replacement heads to equal the amount of plastic in one manual toothbrush. Of course, you do eventually throw out your electric toothbrush body, because at some point it stops taking and holding a charge. Still, many people feel electric toothbrushes are more environmentally friendly.
With ionic technology and a fast, linear motor, this Panasonic EW-DE92-S electric toothbrush
delivers powerful cleaning performance. A 2-minute timer ensures thorough brushing results, and 3 heads allow easy replacement. This toothbrush is lightweight in comparison to others I have used and is comfortable to grip, hold, and use. I love that it has 4 Brushing Modes:
White Mode-optimum speed to power Triple-edge Ionic Stain Care Brush,
Soft Mode- recommended when White Mode is too powerful,
Sensitive Mode-recommended for sensitive teeth/mouths and
Gum Care Mode-designed for the Ionic 2-way Silicone Brush. I`m also a fan of the soft-start Function which is where the toothbrush powers on with gentle vibrations for 2 seconds in order to gradually bring the toothbrush motor up to optimum operating speed rather than a full on full force vibration like others. Not only do you get the toothbrush with the head, but you also get two additional brush heads as well: the Ionic 2-way Silicone Brush For Everyday Gum Care and Point Brush cleans hard to reach areas.
Not only is this a well-designed toothbrush, but it functions well. Because of its thin design and lightweight, it`s easy to store away when not being used or bring with you when traveling. The battery life seems to hold up well too. I keep mine on a charger out of habit so of course, that could be another reason why it`s not an issue. I found the toothbrush and the additional heads get my teeth rather clean. Compared to a manual toothbrush this thing is heaven! It`s been a few years since I had an electric toothbrush and definitely glad I made the choice to own one again, particularly this brand.
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