By: Jenny Humbertson, RDH
Do you find yourself standing at the store in the oral hygiene section wondering what type of brush to purchase? The cost of a toothbrush can cost anywhere from a few dollars, all the way to over $200.00. Something seen more and more frequently are less expensive alternatives to manual brushes, including a variety of battery operated models. However, what we have been seeing in our offices is that the replaceable-battery operated brushes tend to wear out faster, resulting in more frequent replacement, as well as decreased brushing “strength”. While they ultimately seem like a wise choice initially, the long term cost between replacing the unit and inadequate brushing can lead to quite a bit of unexpected costs.
A fantastic option for anyone in the market for a new toothbrush, and which is highly recommended at CascadesCenter for Dental Health, is a rechargeable toothbrush. These brushes will generally last much longer than a traditional or battery operated brush, many times upwards of ten years. Additionally, you only need to replace brush heads every three to four months. There are many different types of rechargeable toothbrush, and the perfect type for you generally depends on what area of your mouth needs help and what makes brushing most convenient to you.
- Not good at brushing and removing plaque? The oscillating brushes are best for you. We recommend the Oral-B Braun model.
- Need help between the teeth and under the gums? The sonic brush is an excellent option. We recommend the Phillips Sonicare.
- Do you frequently travel? Some brushes even come with a USB charger, such as the Sonicare Diamondclean. This makes brushing on the go extremely convenient!
- Find you cut your brushing time short? The Oral-B Triumph with Smart Guide has a timer built into it.
- Feel like your brush head can use a sanitation more often than you would prefer to replace the entire head? The Sonicare Flexcare with sanitizer has a handy UV sanitizer that comes with the charger.
- Need a brush system for you and your significant other? Sonicare and Oral B both offer rechargeable brushing systems that share one charging base, which helps cut down on needless counter clutter.
- Do you tend to be a forceful brusher? There are even brushes that have pressure sensors built in to let you know when you are pushing too hard, which can lead to painful gum recession. Both Sonicare and Oral B have these!
The price of each brush varies greatly depending on the features you are looking for, and the particular model. However, the bottom line is having one of these excellent devices can lead to more comfortable, easy, and quick hygiene visits, and ultimately better oral health.
At Cascades Center for Dental Health, we offer several different models in-house that are ready to take home with you at your next appointment. Call us today to find out which model is best for you!