Ergonomics: An electric toothbrush must be able to be used without reading a user manual as large as a directory. Easy, intuitive, it should also hold well in hand and not slip even with wet hands. Its controls must be simple to access and visible, even more, if the options are numerous.
Modes and options: All rechargeable An electric toothbrush incorporates a more or less elaborate timer. But depending on the needs and desires, options such as a gum massage mode or a pressure sensor can be useful.
The use: Depending on the technology, the feeling is not the same; for example, the sonic is softer and closer to manual brushing in gestures. Also, the sense of cleanliness after brushing is not equivalent from one model to another. Finally, certain accessories improve comfort. Also, take into account: the price of brushes, to be changed every 3 months approximately.
The consumption: If it is not the essential criterion, it is not superfluous, especially for users who leave their charging base connected continuously.
How to best use electric toothbrushes?
Brush your teeth for at least two minutes: You must also brush your teeth thoroughly with the electric brush in the morning and evening. The minimum is two minutes each, distributed as somewhat as possible over the four sections of the bit. Many electric toothbrushes signal the expiry of these periods, for example, by brief exposure. After brushing your teeth, you should also carefully clean your brush: Rinse the handle and brush attachment under running water after each use. Then let it air dry thoroughly. Change the brush head approximately every three months.
Brushing technique depends on the type of toothbrush: Let your electric toothbrush do the cleaning. Only guide the brush along with the teeth. Make sure that you control all tooth surfaces: front, back, and occlusal surfaces. The exact brushing technique differs depending on the type of electric toothbrush. Our video (see above on this page) shows how you can clean appropriately with the different brush types. Also important: the pressure of the brush must not be too strong. I can damage gums and teeth. If you often find yourself pressing your teeth and gums too hard while brushing, you can consider purchasing an electric brush with pressure control. These brushes are equipped, for example, with a small lamp that flashes when you press too hard.
Toothpaste with fluoride: Use a fluoride toothpaste. The Stiftung Warentest regularly examinest toothpaste. Good ones don’t have to be expensive, as our toothpaste tests show. The database provides reviews of 96 kinds of toothpaste for adults: universal and sensitive toothpaste, as well as those with a white label. They promise caries protection, natural white, or the protection of sensitive tooth necks. Test results for children’s and junior toothpaste can be found in our children’s toothpaste test.
Clean interdental spaces daily: In addition to brushing your teeth, clean the interdental spaces with dental floss or interdental brushes once a day. It is important to remove plaque effectively and prevent tooth decay. Because as good as you brush, toothbrushes do not get between the teeth. The video below shows how to do it correctly.
Brush your teeth even with bleeding gums: If you have problems with gum infections, you should not be prevented from cleaning – even if it starts bleeding. It is vital to remove the deposits on the gum line thoroughly. Otherwise, the inflammation may worsen. If you clean correctly, the bleeding should disappear after a week at the latest. Otherwise, it would be best if you asked your dentist for advice.
When children brush their teeth – control is better: Parents should always brush the teeth of small children who use an electric toothbrush – until they are fluent in writing (see also our video in the children’s toothpaste test ). Only then will fine motor skills suffice for independent cleaning. But the same applies to adults: control is better.
What are the advantages of an electric toothbrush?
An electric toothbrush cleans teeth, protects gums: Several studies on the subject have shown that the electric toothbrush removes, on average, twice as many dental plates as the manual toothbrush. Dental plaque is precisely the cause of gingivitis, while ineffective brushing increases the risk of cavities. Do you want to protect your teeth and gums as much as possible? Better to opt for an electric toothbrush.
A delicate action that respects oral health: Most electric toothbrushes are equipped with an intelligent system: pressure sensors. These sensors are capable of measuring the pressure exerted on the tooth and block the mechanism when the user presses too hard and risks damaging his enamel or attacking his gums. Dentists have found that manual brushing can alter the enamel: many people tend to brush their teeth energetically, without using soft brushes; As a result, the coating and the gums are damaged while the sensitivity sometimes becomes a real problem.
An incomparable technique: Many people are wondering how to brush their teeth properly, with the electric toothbrush, this problem disappears. You have to follow the dentist’s instructions (or those noted on the brush packaging): clean each tooth from top to bottom, in circular movements, inside and out. To perfectly meet all expectations, it is possible to change the brushes by opting, for example, for “soft cleanliness,” “massage,” or even “polishing” head (rotary oscillating models). Add to that the inter-dental brushes (sonic models, brushing or sweeping), ideal for avoiding periodontitis and keeping your breath fresh.
Ease of use: The electric toothbrush requires minimal effort, so it is particularly useful for the elderly, the sick, and even children. Taking care of your oral health is essential to keep in shape, so it is necessary to brush your teeth thoroughly in all circumstances.
A playful approach: Does your child not want to brush their teeth? Do you have to chase after him in the house to convince him of the benefits of brushing? The electric toothbrush is suitable for children (from 3 years old) and can completely change their relationship to brushing. Indeed, some playful brushes are equipped with a small musical system that starts up as soon as the child begins to clean his teeth. This music lasts two minutes, the time recommended by dentists with such a brush (it is 3 minutes with a manual toothbrush). Thanks to this system, children enjoy brushing their teeth and thus adopt excellent habits for their oral health.