This is SUCH a FAQ that we decided to blog about this HOT TOPIC!
Since the introduction of the power toothbrush in the 1960s, this tool has undergone many technological advances, from design and bristle motions to rotation oscillation and sonic vibration.
What is rotation oscillation? That’s when the head of the toothbrush alternately rotates in one direction and then the other. Power toothbrushes can deliver up to 50,000 strokes per minute, which is much more effective than the average 300 strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush.
The brush heads are replaceable and should be changed every three to six months. Each family member should have his or her own brush head while sharing the base motor.
We recommend you brush for a minimum of two minutes. Some electric toothbrushes include a signal you can hear, such as a beep every 30 seconds, to indicate it’s time to switch to a different area of the mouth. Others sound an alert after the full two minutes has elapsed.
Our doctors say that it doesn’t really matter which toothbrush you use… it’s all about the technique. You have to brush all the quadrants of the mouth and don’t forget along the gum line and above and under those braces!! Using a mirror to REALLY look at what you are brushing is best and use a timer if helpful as well. Also, don’t forget to brush in the morning, after each meal, and again at night!