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Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are proven to improve your brushing technique and to help give you that dentist clean feeling at home.

Many electric toothbrushes can remove up to twice as much plaque as a regular, manual toothbrush, helping to keep your teeth and gums in great condition. A variety of technologies ensure that you brush each section of your teeth for the right amount of time and apply the correct amount of pressure.

Key features to look out for

  • Rechargeable - Allows you to recharge the toothbrush, therefore there is no need to buy batteries
  • Visible pressure indicators - Light up if you're brushing too hard, helping to prevent damage to gums and enamel
  • Oscillating-rotating technology - Brush heads oscillate and rotate to break up plaque
  • Sonic technology - Uses larger, manual style brush heads that vibrate to remove plaque

 

Cleaning modes

Electric toothbrushes have a range of cleaning modes available from everyday to massage modes, to suit different needs:

  • Daily clean mode - great for everyday plaque removal
  • Polish mode - helps gradually whiten teeth, often using dentist inspired polishing cups to give you naturally whiter teeth
  • Sensitive mode - can help with sensitive teeth and gums, especially when combined with a sensitive refill head. A recommended mode for children
  • Massage mode - helps to gently massage the gum line, especially effective if you suffer from gingivitis or bleeding gums.
  • Deep clean mode - allows for a longer time spent brushing to ensure you clean all the hard to reach areas.

Speeds

The faster the speed, the more efficient your electric toothbrush will be at breaking up plaque, so look out for the number of pulsations, rotations and vibrations. For children under 5, it's best to use a slower mode children's toothbrush.

 

Quad timers

Available on many brushes and some even come with visible timers and wireless guides, to show how long you have been brushing for. Quad timers will usually buzz or vibrate after 30 seconds, which signals it's time to move to a different part of your mouth.

Dentist Recommendations

Look out for signs on electric toothbrushes which show they have been recommended by dentists.

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