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Power Toothbrushes

What is a power toothbrush?

It is a toothbrush, which once powered, the head of the toothbrush moves allowing brushing to be much simpler. Many say plaque removal with a power brush is much more efficient which in turn gives you a long list of other benefits!

Who benefits from power toothbrushes?

People who have difficulty with their dexterity:

  • Elderly
  • Young children/toddlers
  • case specific disabilities
  • Those who have had hand/arm/finger trauma or have difficulty gripping and manipulating a regular brush. Power brushes are much thicker to hold, making gripping much more simple.

click here to learn about the two different types of power toothbrushes.

There are two different types of power toothbrushes:

Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush: A rechargeable electric toothbrush, also known as a “power toothbrush”, is the kind you plug into the wall to recharge, keeping the handle and replacing the brush head every three months. These toothbrushes offer 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute- very effective in improving oral hygiene. Rechargeable electric toothbrushes differ among the kind of cleaning technology they use, such as oscillating-rotating (Oral-B) or sonic technology (Sonicare). The top two electric toothbrush companies are Oral-B and Sonicare, they are equally beneficial when used properly, therefore, it comes down to personal preference.

Battery Power Toothbrush: Those who would like a taste of power, but are deterred by electric toothbrushes, may like battery power toothbrushes. They require the use of AA batteries. These brushes are capable of 3,000 to 7,500 strokes per minute. While similar in design to regular manual toothbrushes, battery power toothbrushes have just enough vibration to add some extra cleaning action. Battery power toothbrushes need to be replaced every three months.