Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is extremely important for good dental health. But brushing the correct way is key.
Choosing the right toothbrush will help you achieve this. And using an electric toothbrush can make brushing your teeth more manageable and more effective.
The Sonicare toothbrush has been the most well-known brand out there. However, with all the new electric toothbrushes coming out, are Sonicare toothbrushes still the “best?”
Based on my own experience using Sonicare for two decades, I believe the Sonicare can be an excellent choice, depending on your needs. However, there are several things you should consider before purchasing a Sonicare. Keep reading.
Is sonicare better than other electric toothbrushes?
Sonicare is the pioneer of creating toothbrushes that use ultrasonic technology. Sonic technology gives Sonicare toothbrushes the advantage of superior biofilm removal (biofilm is the thin layer of plaque and debris that form on our teeth). If the biofilm is not adequately cleaned, this leads to decay and disease.
Other electric toothbrush brands like Oral-B work, which works through oscillation instead of sonic waves, have their own advantages and uses.
The Sonicare has superior cleaning abilities due to ultrasonic technology that can remove plaque and debris more effectively than a manual toothbrush.
Advantages and disadvantages of sonicare toothbrushes
Keep in mind that there is no perfect toothbrush. The Sonicare comes with its pros and cons.
Advantages of sonicare
- Better Access. Ultrasonic wave techology allows the break-up of biofilm beyond just what the bristles touch – allowing you to reach those hard-to-reach spots. This also helps people with gum recession or spaces.
- Safer for your gums. The sonicare is great for people with sensitivity or gum recession because it uses more gentle pulsing movements than other types of electric toothbrushes. Just remember to change your toothbrush head every 3 months. This prevents damaging the enamel from pressing too hard while using your sonicare.
- Fun to use. Many people, like myself, prefer the sleek design and color choices of the Sonicare and enjoy using it every day.
Disadvantages of sonicare
- May require getting used to. Some people may find the sonic wave sensation to be bothersome or “ticklish,” so it might take some getting used to.
- Can cause damage if used improperly. Because of the power behind the sonic waves, the sonicare can possibly damage your teeth and gums if used improperly. Don’t press too hard or make big movements while using the Sonicare. This can cause gum recession and erode enamel from too much force. Use light pressure and let the toothbrush do the work for you.
- Can be expensive. The Sonicare can also be expensive, especially if you buy the newest model with all the bells and whistles. But even the most basic Sonicare model works just as well, so don’t worry if you can’t get the lastest and “greatest” model.
Who would benefit from a sonicare toothbrush?
Although the Sonicare can significantly improve overall dental health, not everyone needs to use a Sonicare toothbrush. It can also depend on personal preference and budget.
People who would benefit most from using a Sonicare are adults with gum recession or those who have difficulty reaching hard-to-reach spots.
Also, people who snack often, drink coffee, or smoke. These oral habits require extra cleaning and stain-fighting power.
If you’re wondering what type of electric toothbrush is best for kids, check out my blog post on Best Kids Electric Toothbrush.
If you decide to purchase a Sonicare toothbrush, you are one step closer to having a healthier and brighter smile.
Here are some tips to help you maximize the benefits of using a Sonicare:
- Get high quality soft bristle toothbrush heads. Sonicare makes a softer head that is designed for sensitive teeth. And avoid the knock-off brush heads that are poorer quality and can damage the enamel.
- Remeber to repalce your brush head often to avoid scratching the enamel.
- Only use gentle pressure and a soft gliding motion. Avoid agressive back-and-forth motion. Let the bristles do the work for you!
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By Dr. Christine Coughlin DDS