Hey there, fellow parents! I’m Baba, and I’m here to talk to you about electric toothbrushes. I’ve been using an electric toothbrush for years, and I’ve seen a big difference in my oral health. I can’t imagine going back to a manual toothbrush … ever!
I’ve been writing some longer blog posts lately, and I’m sure that some of you prefer shorter, more concise reads. So, for this blog post, I’m going to keep things short and sweet. I’m going to share with you my favorite electric toothbrush and why.
What’s the big deal about electric toothbrushes?
Electric toothbrushes, or powered toothbrushes, do a better job of cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes. They use sonic or ultrasonic vibrations to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. Electric toothbrushes also have timers, so you can make sure you’re brushing for the full two minutes that dentists recommend.
What are the different types of electric toothbrushes?
There are two main types of electric toothbrushes: rotating head and sonic. Rotating head toothbrushes have a brush head that rotates to clean your teeth. Sonic toothbrushes have a brush head that vibrates at a high frequency to clean your teeth.
Which type of electric toothbrush is best?
Both rotating head and sonic toothbrushes are effective at cleaning your teeth. The best type of electric toothbrush for you depends on your personal preferences. If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to choose a sonic toothbrush, as it is gentler on your teeth and gums. I personally have opted for the sonic kind; especially since there were no clear advantages to using a rotating-head powered toothbrush.
What are some features to look for in an electric toothbrush?
Here are some features to look for in an electric toothbrush:
- Brushing modes: Many electric toothbrushes have different brushing modes, such as sensitive, whitening, and massage. Choose an electric toothbrush with the brushing modes that are important to you.
- Brush heads: Electric toothbrush heads come in different sizes and shapes. Choose an electric toothbrush with brush heads that are the right size and shape for your mouth. Most have an indication on a few bristles for when they should be replaced.
After a couple of years of using my first non-brand name electric toothbrush, I realized that I needed to buy toothbrush replacement heads for it. I also realized the companies that make these cheaper alternatives do not last. At least on Amazon they seem to disappear. My first one was under the brand Gloridea; and my 2nd one was of the brand ATMOKO. Neither seems to exist on Amazon today.
The toothbrush replacement heads, however, seem to fit the type of ultrasonic electric toothbrushes I like.
- Timer: All electric toothbrushes should have a timer to ensure that you’re brushing for the full two minutes that dentists recommend.
- Pressure sensor: A pressure sensor helps to prevent you from brushing too hard. This can help to prevent gum damage. I personally don’t rank this feature or need high on my list.
- Smart features: Some electric toothbrushes have smart features, such as Bluetooth connectivity and tracking. These features can help you to track your brushing habits and improve your oral health. Frankly, I’m barely awake when I brush so “smart” features matter the least to me.
Baba’s top pick for electric toothbrushes
When it comes to electric toothbrushes, I think brand-name electric toothbrushes are too expensive. And, over the years, they’ve added “features” (cough cough … gimmicks?!) to sustain the same price; or even demand a higher one. I’m not frugal by any measure, but I’m practical. And so, it was worth it for me to try a sub-$20 version to see if it would last. Seeing thousands of positive reviews helped. Three years later, I bought my 2nd one after I inadvertently damaged my first one. And with that purchase, I bought a few as gifts. All those who use the “cheaper” ones I’m referencing here love them. And I doubt they’ll ever justify spending 5x or more on a major brand name one.
As mentioned earlier, companies are dropping or changing names. So, here’s a link I use to help me find the electric toothbrushes I like. Next, I make sure they are rechargeable ones —In this day & age, I don’t want to use batteries for something like this. Out of the listed ones in this search, I lean towards this one:
It has more than 8,000 reviews. 71% are 5-star reviews. And they have sold 10k in the last month alone. This one comes with 8 replacement toothbrush heads. Eight! And it has a powerful motor too (something else I like) at 40,000 vibrations per minute.
Have you looked at the price? It’s worth trying it at the price. Now imagine if it could save you from purchasing something that’s 5x to 10x its price!
Following the bristle color indicator usually yields about 3-months per toothbrush head. If you follow that, you have 2-years worth!! If you’re willing to expand the price up to $25, you’ll find options like this one. It has 4+ stars, ~20k reviews, and had 6 replacement toothbrush heads. I really liked its charging base.
Another one also caught my attention when I increased the price to just $40. It had north of 100k reviews!!! It sold more than 20k units in the past month alone (at the time of this writing, of course). And, like the 1st one I mentioned, it comes with 8 replacement toothbrush heads. It also comes with a travel case, and it has a “wireless charging base.”
Its replacement heads are a little pricier than I like, however, but they come with 10 replacement toothbrush heads.
Electric toothbrushes are a great way to improve your oral health. Everyone in your family, who can brush their own teeth, would benefit from having one. If you are thinking of leveling up your oral hygiene game to an electric toothbrush from a manual one, don’t jump right into what your Dentist is pushing. Those options are unnecessarily expensive. Instead, consider easing into the electric toothbrush scene with one of the options I recommend here. You’ll thank me for it. They are much easier on the budget, which allows you to purchase for each family member if you wanted. They make for excellent gifts; and I’m confident they will make your favorite list almost instantly. ▪️
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