Many people have resorted to using electric toothbrushes or what dentists call the “power toothbrushes”. Studies show that these electric toothbrushes work better than manual toothbrushes and all the user has to do is guide it inside the mouth. It disturbs plaque formation and that is good because bacteria cannot penetrate and cause terrible mouth and gum problems.
There are two kinds of electric toothbrushes. There are battery-powered ones and there are those which can be recharged and plugged in before using. Which is better? Actually, the answer to that is preference.
Some electric toothbrushes were designed to fit two AA batteries. This is good because battery-powered toothbrushes provide the vibration that cleans teeth thoroughly. For those who are hesitant about rechargeable electric toothbrushes, this is the better choice.
Depending upon use, the AA batteries must be replaced once a month. If the battery is new, it is said to remove 75% of the plaque on teeth, according to dental studies. However with constant use, the battery will drain and you need to replace it. Performance is a bit affected by the slowed vibration due to the drained battery. But you can always change it up and it will be good as new.
If used properly, it helps eliminate gingivitis. All you need is to use if for 2 minutes and it will do its work. It is also better if you choose a battery-powered toothbrush with a rotating head (if you can find one) compared to a sliding head. It is cheap too – $10 is the usual price range of a power toothbrush.
The setbacks in using a battery powered toothbrush are four things: you will have to use the same brand on the toothbrush heads if you replace them (no variability), you have to change batteries from time to time (constant buying of batteries), the heads which will fit the base are limited (soft bristles, hard bristles and the likes) and it is big because you need to put in 2 AA batteries. But still, for its price and performance, it is a good electric toothbrush nonetheless.
The plugged in electric toothbrush is generally more high-tech than the battery powered one. It does not mean though that it is better. But a lot of people are saying (those who have used both battery-powered and plugged in toothbrush) that they will rather use the plugged in ones and keep the battery-powered as an extra or for travel. Again, it is a matter of preference.
You can charge the plug in ones for an a few hours and use it good for the whole week. It has an alarm feature that prompts the user if it is low on charge. And even if it starts to drain, users have reported that it still performs the same way as if it was just charged. (comparing it to a battery-powered one which loses its power once the battery is draining)
Because it is high-tech, it has brushing modes like for sensitive teeth, for gum massaging and more. It also has timers which beeps every 30 seconds to tell you if a specific on your teeth/gums/mouth is clean enough. It will also remind you (digital screen) if you need to replace the head.
Speaking of heads, there are many choices. You can customize your toothbrush head and use it accordingly. Plus these heads are mostly in an oscillating-rotating feature. This cleans out plaque formation up to 80%, studies show.
Only two setbacks to a plug in electric toothbrush – price (a couple of hundred dollars, yes, steep) and at times, the charging feature is a down side. But other than that, if you are after thorough mouth and teeth hygiene, this is your best bet.