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How To Choose an Electric Toothbrush That is Right For You

It’s March, and spring is upon us. Residents in the Boston area and beyond are thinking more about looking good as 2015 progresses toward summer. From hitting the gym to getting better-looking smiles, this time of year is ideal for improving the way we look and feel.

Electric Toothbrush in Action with Water Drops

Image retrieved from pau.artigas on Flickr

The perfect electric toothbrush offers the features you need without adding flashy but unnecessary touches. It’s 2015 — over five decades since the device was invented — and drugstore aisles all around Boston are awash in choices. So, what should you look for as you march down the aisles?

  • Oscillating heads
  • Brushing timer
  • Pressure sensors
  • Small brush heads

Thorough plaque removal is essential to a healthy, clean mouth. Electric toothbrushes with rotational oscillation movement remove plaque most effectively. Some brushes simply vibrate back and forth, which just doesn’t do the trick.

A Group of Electric Toothbrushes

Image retrieved from K J Payne from Flickr

You may have heard that two minutes is the optimal brushing time. Look for an electric toothbrush with a two-minute timer to help you brush long enough.

Pressure sensors help stop you from brushing too intensely, which can be hard on your gums and teeth. 2015 models beep at you or light up if you get carried away.

Small brush heads are more comfortable and help you brush in those awkward spots like the back of the mouth.

Other considerations include:

  • Cost
  • Comfort
  • Ease of use

When you shop Boston electric toothbrush options, realize that spending more doesn’t ensure a better product. Focus on features instead. Comfort is another factor to consider when toothbrush-shopping this March. Soft-grip handles reduce vibrations felt in your hand and are generally more comfortable to use. Your toothbrush shouldn’t be a source of annoyance, either. Look for controls that aren’t spaced too closely and aren’t overly sensitive to the touch. If so, you could end up accidentally switching modes of operation or resetting the timer while you brush.

Finally, here are some features to avoid. In 2015, we’ve come to expect high-tech features on our gadgets and tools. However, these bells and whistles do nothing but add cost to your dental appliance and may even be cumbersome.

  • LCD screens do nothing for you
  • Sanitizers rarely actually work
  • Built-in base storage for extra brush heads can be bulky

You don’t have to pay a fortune for a great toothbrush in 2015. Paying attention to key attributes like brushing timers and oscillating heads will help you find the perfect electric toothbrush in Boston this March.


If you would like more information about the benefits of using an electric toothbrush or you have other questions, please contact Back Bay Dental Care here or leave a comment below.

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