In addition to the brushing technique, frequency and duration of brushing, dentists believe that the type of toothbrush you use directly affects the effectiveness of plaque removal. To decide the most suitable kind of toothbrush, you need to know the types available and their specific characteristics.
The three types of brush
The three types of brushes available on the market are rechargeable electric brushes (including sonic ), conventional manual toothbrushes and battery brushes.
Rechargeable electric brush: a rechargeable electric brush, also known as an "electric brush". It is recharged by plugging it into an electrical wall outlet and it is advisable to change the brush every 3 months. There are 2 types of technology for electric brushes: tilt-and-turn technology (3D cleaning action), or sonic technology.
Classic manual brush: on the other hand, manual brushes are probably the ones you usually use, with a plastic handle and different types of bristles. This is the most common type of brush, which does not require a power supply.
Battery brush: those who want a certain amount of electricity, but do not want a fully electric brush can choose a battery brush. Like electric brushes, battery brushes are often called "electric brushes". Although similar to manual brushes, electric battery brushes have a vibration for additional cleaning action.
Evaluate technology and features
- Rechargeable electric brush :
generally rich in technology and functions, the electric brush brings many advantages aimed at improving your oral hygiene. High-tech features include:
- Many specific brushing modes for sensitive teeth, whitening action and gum massage
- Pressure sensors to signal too vigorous brushing
- A timer to find out how long each quadrant of your mouth is brushed
- Technology sonic or oscillation-rotation
- Different compatible brushes so you can choose the model that best suits your needs.
Most electric brushes also have additional accessories, for conveniences, such as the brush holder or brush, and travel chargers.
- Manual brush:
Although conventional manual brushes do not bring the advantages offered by rechargeable electric brushes, the technology of their heads, bristles and handles can be relatively advanced:
- cross bristles, extra-long or multi-levels
- bristles with polished or rounded tips
- Ergonomic handles with special grip
- conical or oblique brush
- Gum stimulators
- Tongue scraper
- Battery-powered electric brushes:
Although they have characteristics similar to manual brushes, these toothbrushes are vibrating to exert an additional cleaning action. In addition to the functions of manual brushes, battery brushes have:
- an integrated AA battery, replaceable in some models
- an "on / off" or "+/-"button on the handle
- brushes specially designed for battery brushes
Modification of the brushing technique
The brushing technique varies depending on the type of brush used. With the manual brushes and the battery brushes, it is you who carry out the brushing, in large part, by regular circular movements on the teeth and the gums. On the other hand, with rechargeable electric brushes, you limit yourself to guiding the brush on all surfaces. Once accustomed, many users find this method of brushing easier.