Dentists recommend electric toothbrushes that have:

In-built quad timers

This mode helps users to clean each quadrant in their mouth by being guided by a beep or buzz sound that triggers after fixed intervals (usually 30 seconds). That ensures proper time management while cleaning the teeth. This is hard to monitor with a manual toothbrush.

Pressure sensors

Pressing the toothbrush too hard triggers these sensors. This enables you to avoid unnecessary damage to the enamels or gums of your teeth while using an electric brush.

Head changing timers

Electric toothbrushes with better features will also remind you when you replace the head of the brush with a new one.

A number of modes

You can clean, polish, scrub, massage etc. with an electric toothbrush skilfully.

Using these toothbrushes for such features are not the only reasons dentists would recommend these. Cleaning techniques used in these are also considered. Two main types of cleaning methods which can be found in electric toothbrushes are:

  • Oscillation Technology: This method involves circular motion at a high speed. A famous toothbrush model that focuses on this technology is the Braun Oral-B. The technique is quite capable in removing plaque.
  • Sonic Technology: This technique involves the usual back and forth motion carried out by a high powered electric brush. The vibrations in this one are more in number compared to the oscillating one. Plus, it can remove plaque better than the former. But, that mostly depends on the right way of using it. The Philips Sonicare is a popular device which uses this technology.

The above-mentioned brushes and the technologies they use are highly recommended by dentists from all over the world. Moreover, these two have greatly popularized the use of electric toothbrushes by common people.
Despite it all, there is still confusion between the two types of toothbrushes and the technologies they work upon. While the sonic technology is more capable, yet it is capable of causing more damage to the teeth and gums when used incorrectly. This is why dentists might suggest you to stick to the oscillating ones as they are easier to handle. This is because of the small head size which can be easily operated through tight spots in the mouth. Nonetheless, the two toothbrushes are efficient in providing full oral hygiene.

See Oral B vs Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

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