What to look for in an electric toothbrush

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In recent years, oral health technology has come on leaps and bounds, to the point where an electric toothbrush is now a necessity if you want to ensure that your teeth are as clean as can be.

Of course, it could be easy to write off the electric toothbrush revolution as something of a gimmick, until you consider how the features of a brush like the Philips Sonicare Bluetooth FlexCare Platinum can revolutionise your teeth cleaning regime.

Features to look for in an electric toothbrush

Extensive research and development means that the tools we use to keep our teeth and gums healthy are constantly evolving, but as a general rule if your electric toothbrush features the following, you can’t go wrong:

Brushing timer

Did you know that brushing for too long has the potential to be almost as harmful as not brushing at all? Excessive brushing can erode the enamel from your teeth. Enamel is the outer layer which protects the interior of your teeth from harmful acids and plaque. With a set timer, you can ensure that you only brush for as long as you need to.

Pressure sensors

Many people experience bleeding or sore gums, not as a result of gum disease, but as a result of brushing too hard. An electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor can help you to avoid damaging your teeth and gums.

Powered movement

Put simply, the human hand is no match for a powered motor capable of multiple revolutions per second. With a powered brush head, you can expect maximum cleaning efficiency and teeth that are smooth to the touch.

Multiple brushing modes

Different teeth types require different brushing techniques. With interchangeable brush-heads and a motor which offers a variety of different programs, you can ensure that all teeth – be they molars, premolars, canines or insisors – are as clean as can be with minimum fuss.

Gum tissue stimulation

Many electric toothbrushes on the market help to stimulate gum tissue via gentle massaging. This increase blood flow to the gums and helps to keep your mouth healthier.

Is an electric toothbrush really best?

In a nutshell, yes. While manual brushing is still recommended, for a deeper clean you should consider an electric toothbrush.