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by Noelle Copeland February 18, 2022 3 min read

DISCLOSURE:Noelle Copeland RDH is an Oral Care Specialist and Dental Consultant who provides content for Brilliant Oral Care and Baby Buddy.

Electric toothbrushes are pretty easy to come by now. Previously considered a luxury upgrade from a boring plain manual brush but not so much anymore. Honestly, I feel like they are becoming the standard, and manual brushes will eventually be the dinosaurs of oral care. Even in a dental office, most seasoned hygienists prefer to clean a patient's teeth with a sonic scaler over using hand instruments. If your hygienist hasn't used electric instruments to clean your teeth, ask for them to be used. There's no additional charge, or at least there shouldn't be. Sonic scalers clean better, faster, and more efficiently than a dental professional can do by just fulcruming the tip of a scaler against the tooth. The added lavage from sonic vibrations and microbubbles not only flushes away bacteria and plaque but also kills bacteria and massages the gums—all great caveats for increased oral health.

Electric toothbrushes are much more affordable than they used to be, and they just work so much better. Even when misused, they still work better than when a manual toothbrush is misused, but that's a whole different kind of blog.

 Five things to know about electric toothbrushes.

  • Battery Powered vs. Rechargeable.

Battery-powered models are gentle, the vibrations and microbubbles are minimal. This is an excellent option for children to use or for adults who are sensory sensitive. Rechargeable models are much more effective at removing plaque and bacteria, but they are also more intense and may take time to acclimate to.

  • Round oscillating vs. Sonic motor.

Oscillating models are circular and move back and forth like a windshield wiper across the teeth. This model is significantly louder than any other model, and for that reason, many people don't like them. These are great brushes if you can get beyond the noise. They were designed after the prophy cup a dental hygienist uses. Sonic motor brushes are not as loud and can be very powerful. Rechargeable sonic toothbrushes are by far the most popular and, in my opinion, the best option.

  • Pressure is important.

An electric toothbrush will have more power behind it, no matter what type or model you choose.

It's important not to press too hard while brushing to eliminate the possibility of causing gum recession or tooth abrasion.

  • Children need to be supervised.

As a general rule, kids need direct supervision while toothbrushing until the age of 5 and then indirect supervision thereafter. This is especially true if they are using an electric toothbrush, not only for safety but for effectiveness.

  • It's ok to use more than one toothbrush.

I have three toothbrushes. Obviously, I don't use them simultaneously, but I do rotate them. I use a  surgical soft manual toothbrush because it just feels fantastic to use sometimes. A rechargeable sonic electric toothbrush that I love and use most of the time, and my travel toothbrush that's compact.

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Noelle Copeland
Noelle Copeland

Noelle Copeland is a licensed dental hygienist and Brilliant’s® first oral care specialist. She brings 25 years of clinical dental experience to the Brilliant® family and has become a regular contributor, creator and editor to the overall content and presentation of Brilliants® oral care line. She graduated with honors, Phi Theta Kappa, from Georgia State University Perimeter College in Dunwoody, Georgia, where she had been president of her dental class. Noelle has spent the majority of her career in the direct treatment of patients clinically and specializes in patient education and prevention strategies. She enjoys studying nutrition, oral care science and natural health.

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