Brushing your teeth is the one thing you do every single day, without fail. (We sincerely hope so!)
Ideally, good oral hygiene entails brushing twice a day, along with flossing and rinsing your mouth well after meals.
The good old manual toothbrush gets the job done, for sure. But an electric toothbrush can get the job done better, by getting to those hard-to-reach spots and being a little more thorough with t scrubbing.
So here, we’re making a case for the electric toothbrush. Yes, it may be more expensive than your regular toothbrush from the cornershop - but consider it an investment to better teeth and overall health.
An electric toothbrush is a battery operated toothbrush. The ones available in the market today usually come with a USB charging cable. Once it’s fully charged, it can last for up to 120 hours.
When switched on, it makes rapid automatic bristle motions to clean your teeth. An oscillating moves in a circular motion, while a sonic toothbrush has high-speed vibrations, driven by a small motor below. These fast movements are easy on the gums and good for sensitive teeth.
5 Reasons to Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
Your choice of toothbrush can significantly impact your overall dental health. So we’re going you 5 reasons that will hopefully nudge you towards trying an electric toothbrush!
Electric toothbrushes are designed to do the heavy lifting when it comes to removing plaque and preventing gingivitis. Both oscillating and sonic electric toothbrushes have demonstrated better results compared to manual toothbrushes when it comes to getting rid of stuck particles and plaque. Electric toothbrushes do a more thorough job of removing plaque and bacteria, resulting in healthier teeth and gums.
Have you ever wondered if you're brushing your teeth for long enough to achieve the desired results? Electric toothbrushes take the guesswork out of the equation with built-in timers. These timers ensure that you brush for the recommended two minutes, allowing you to dedicate the right amount of time to each section or quadrant of your mouth.
Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than regular manual toothbrushes as an initial investment, but they last a lot longer. All you need to do is replace the brush heads regularly, and it should last a few years at least. This approach also reduces waste compared to discarding an entire manual toothbrush every few weeks.
Electric toothbrushes clean teeth more effectively and improve gum health. They can reach difficult areas around the gums, ensuring thorough cleaning without causing severe irritation. The vibrations and brushing modes can be adjusted based on tooth and gum sensitivity. Healthy gums are a vital component of a beautiful smile, and electric toothbrushes play a crucial role in maintaining gum health.
The truth is, even the best manual toothbrush user cannot achieve the level of cleanliness that an electric toothbrush can provide. Electric toothbrushes reach areas in the mouth that are difficult for manual brushes to access, and they do so with minimal effort. This is particularly beneficial for children who may not have developed the manual dexterity required for effective manual brushing until the age of 7-8.
Our Roundup of the Best Electric Toothbrushes
The good news is, the Indian oral care market has kinda, sorta, exploded in the last few years, with a bunch of boutique oral care brands that specialise in electric toothbrushes and other oral care tools.
If you’re confused about what to buy, here’s a roundup of our favourites in this category, for every kind of shopper.
If you are new to the electric toothbrush landscape or are skeptical about spending so much on a toothbrush, then try the Daybreak Buzz. It has all the basics that you need with an electric toothbrush — like a built-in timer, powerful vibrations, a smart mode and a long battery life — along with its own travel case, which is a bonus.
If plaque is your problem, then the Perfora 002 is what you need. The sonic vibrations are a little more intense and designed to help fight plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that constantly coats your teeth and mouth. Unchecked and uncleaned plaque is what hardens into tartar. This model also comes with antibacterial bristles for better cleaning. Also - gorgeous, bright colours!
If you have sensitive teeth and gums, the Salt Oral Care brush is ideal. It’s got super-soft DuPont bristles, which are gentle and non-abrasive. It uses sonic technology, and has high frequency & medium amplitude vibrations for gentle-yet-efficient cleaning that won’t hurt your teeth or gums. Also scores points for being lightweight and ergonomic.
The Fang Oral brush hits all the other spots in terms of plaque removal and sensitivity, with the added bonus of being a great looking brush that’s also sturdy and can stand up without getting knocked down. (If you share bathroom space with your significant other, you’ll know how much of a fight it can be to fit everyone’s products on one sink or counter.) Also - diamond cut bristles, which look nicer and clean better. The wide handle makes it easier to grip and manoeuvre, especially if you’re using an electric brush for the first time.
You can shop for these electric toothbrushes and other oral care products on our dentist-approved oral care collection here.