A huge range of electric toothbrushes are available to buy, which can make it difficult to decide which one is right for you. When faced with long lists of features, it can be difficult to know which ones are the most important to look for in a new electric toothbrush. Here are five features that you should ensure your electric toothbrush has.
1. Two-Minute Timer
Dentists recommend brushing teeth for at least two minutes to remove plaque and traces of food from all your teeth. However, many people brush their teeth for a much shorter length of time. Some people cut brushing short because they are in a rush or simply because they are bored.
As it can be difficult to estimate how long you have been brushing, it is a good idea to buy a toothbrush that has a built-in two-minute timer. To be sure you give equal attention to all parts of the mouth, you can choose a toothbrush that pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to move from one quadrant of the mouth to the next.
2. Pressure Sensor
One of the biggest mistakes people make when brushing their teeth is applying too much pressure. Pressing the brush too hard against the gums can cause irritation and lead to the toothbrush head wearing out sooner than you expect. Invest in an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor, which can warn you when you brush too hard.
3. Good Battery Life
When an electric toothbrush is running out of battery, its head rotates more slowly, which reduces its cleaning power. Old electric toothbrushes often suffer from poor battery life. If you notice that your toothbrush cannot hold a charge long enough to give you a decent charge, consider replacing the toothbrush. Alternatively, you can contact the manufacturer to find out whether you can get the battery replaced.
4. Travel Case
Your electric toothbrush might take great care of your teeth while you are at home, but what about when you travel? A travel case allows you to bring your electric toothbrush with you when you need to spend the night away from home. That means you can enjoy the same fantastic clean on your vacation or business trip that you enjoy at home.
5. ADA Seal of Approval
Always use a toothbrush that carries the Australian Dental Association's Seal of Approval. This guarantees that the toothbrush has passed tests for safety and effectiveness. Products that do not have the ADA Seal of Approval could be faulty or unsuitable. Do not take the risk of using an electric toothbrush that does not carry this official logo.
For more information, speak to a dentist.