Why Use A Sonicare Electric Toothbrush?
One of the many common questions my patients ask me is, “do electric toothbrushes really make that much of a difference?” The answer is absolutely, if you are using the right electric toothbrush! Using a Sonicare toothbrush for one minute is equal to using a manual toothbrush for one month. How is that possible? Well, a Sonicare toothbrush has a high frequency & high aptitude which allows for 31,000 brush strokes per minute compared to a manual toothbrush, which the average person only gets 200-300 brush strokes per minute. Crazy, right?! I have been using a Sonicare myself since 2004 and cannot live without it. Every time I finish brushing my teeth, I feel like I have just had my teeth cleaned. What sets this brush apart from all the other brushes is the sweeping motion. The bristles allow the water, saliva and toothpaste to be flushed through the interproximal spaces between your teeth, and up to 4milimeters below the gum line to help remove plaque & bacteria. Although, it is very beneficial in removing bacteria, I will state it does not replace the importance of flossing. To use the Sonicare properly all you need to do is hold the toothbrush along the gum line and slide and glide. It does all the work for you which is the best part. In the last 10 years, I have noticed a tremendous difference in my patients who have been using the Sonicare. It has helped reduce the amount of buildup, marginal redness, bleeding, and decreased stain from coffee and smoking, for some it even has helped keep their teeth whiter by removing everyday surface stains.
There are a few different types of Sonicare toothbrushes. The basic one is called Easy Clean; this brush has a 2-minute timer with a quad pacer that helps you brush evenly around your mouth. The Easy clean is no longer available in stores but available at different dental offices including our office. This brush is great for the average patient who would like to invest in their long term dental health. The next brush which is the most common, is the Flexcare Platinum. This brush has many features, including; Bluetooth connectivity from an app on your phone, 30 second quad pacer, pressure sensor to help those who tend to brush more aggressively, as well as three different settings for power level and brushing times. This brush is great for those patients who have had gum surgery in the past or who have recession. The other brush we love is the Sonicare for Kids! This brush is great for kids four and older, it helps them slow down with their brushing and it makes sure they are brushing for the full 2 minutes. This brush comes with stickers so the kids can customize their own brush and it also has an app that parents can download to helps kids track their brushing (no more just wetting your toothbrush, kids). Sonicare offers a fabulous guarantee/ warranty. You have 90 days to try it and if you don’t feel that it has made a difference they will refund your money. They also provide a 2-year warranty, so if anything goes wrong with it they will replace it for you.
No matter what toothbrush you choose to use the most important thing to remember is to change the toothbrush head every 3 months or anytime you are sick. Simple tools to help you with this are; put a reminder in your calendar or set up automatic renewal on Amazon. The reason we change them is because bacteria builds on the brush head and the bristles fray and get dull. This will cause you to start scrubbing and push around the bacteria rather than removing it.
Feel free to stop by our office for more information on any of these products and get a $5 or $20 mail in rebate depending on what toothbrush you purchase. We also offer a variety of brush heads that range from $20-$28 for a 3-pack.