Since health department superstores have begun selling disposable battery electric toothbrushes at very low prices, the range of electric toothbrushes have really expanded. You can purchase an electric toothbrush for six euros or you could purchase a rechargeable toothbrush that will cost you between twenty five to sixty euros. What should be the benchmark when choosing a toothbrush from the vast plethora of options?
1. Rechargeable or Disposable?
Although with prices starting at twenty five euros it is more expensive, the rechargeable toothbrush is usually better than its relative that is priced around six euros, the disposable battery toothbrush. Not only have tests demonstrated that it has a higher level of cleaning efficiency, it is also the “greener” choice. Powering with a battery creates additional waste and with most of these choices you are not able to change the head, this means that as soon s the brush begins to wear, the whole thing is simply thrown away. Here are some of the pros and cons debated.
2. Perfect Head
One of the things to take into consideration is that the benefits of an electrical toothbrush are based more on the fact that proper motion is produced during the brushing process, it powers a rotary motion. Brushing the teeth should remain soft, all abrasive and dangerous motions should be avoided. For this motion to be produced properly, it is best to opt for a toothbrush with a head that is small, this allows for better access to hard to reach areas. When choosing a manual toothbrush, look for synthetic hairs in the classification of soft. A good toothbrush like this will in the long term ward off many of the cosmetic dentistry many people face.
3. Keep the Brushes within Budget
When making your decision, it is important to consider what the total cost will be to purchase spare brushes, this price varies quite drastically from one model to the next. It is good to remember that three months is the average lifespan of a toothbrush, the most inexpensive cost around four euros and the most expensive are around sixteen euros, that is four times higher a price. This is close to the price of buying a new electric toothbrush once a year. In order to properly compare two toothbrushes at the moment of purchase, the price must also be taken into consideration.
4. Vibration and Noise
Although this may not seem important, it is a key element. There are electric toothbrushes that are very loud, so loud that many times they disturb the rest of the family and are not accommodating. Prior to your purchase, it is best to listen to how loud they sound, this is a point that we felt was important throughout our testing and classifying process.
5. Little Things Matter
The fact that the handle has a slip is actually quite useful; it will not slip out of your hands if they are wet. The on and off button which can be pressed with one single touch is another small bonus. That being said, there are a few models that require a few seconds of support before they shut off, if the brush is removed from the mouth, this can cause some splashing.
6. There is A Brand for Everyone
It is important to make sure that you purchase a toothbrush that will do the proper job for you. For example, a child may need a toothbrush specific for their age range because although the rotary motion is helpfully for really cleaning out all the nooks and crannies, a child may view it more as a toy rather than a tool for oral hygiene. Therefore it may not be the best option for the younger crowd, unless closely supervised.
7. Proper Maintenance
• For manual toothbrushes, after each time of use they should be properly rinsed, all residues should systematically be removed from the toothbrush.
• As soon as a brush begins to wear, it must be changed. This is obvious once the bristles start to fan out.
• Dentists recommend that on average you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time.
• The average lifespan of a toothbrush is three months.