Like it says on the tin, a couple of AAs is all it will take to keep your electric toothbrush humming along nicely. With twice daily use, they should last between four to six weeks. Battery-powered electric toothbrushes can be handy for travelling if you don’t want to be bothered carrying around yet another charger.
Just like a phone, they feature a charging station or cable, which tops up an internal lithium battery. Don’t stress if you forget to recharge for a few days as you should get – at the very least – a couple of weeks of optimum performance on a full charge. Recharging daily will see that battery last up to five years, but if you want to squeeze extra life out of it, let it run down fully every six months and recharge. Most rechargeable models also feature a red light display somewhere on the handle, which indicates that a power top up is required.
Although flossing is an established part of dental care – especially when it comes to gum health – the traditional ribbons and tapes can be unwieldy. That’s where air flossers come in. Used with water or mouthwash, they use compressed air to deliver a stream to teeth and the area between them to dislodge the debris and plaque that can cause problems down the track. And the stats are pretty impressive. We’re talking up to 99.99 per cent plaque removal in treated areas in a process that takes only a minute for a whole mouth clean.
“Health experts have been speaking about the benefits of electric toothbrushes for many years. This latest piece of evidence is one of the strongest and clearest yet – electric toothbrushes are better for our oral health. Electric toothbrushes, especially those with heads that rotate in both directions, or 'oscillating' heads, are really effective at removing plaque. This helps keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.” Says Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of England’s Oral Health Foundation
There is so much going on here. From multiple modes (such as specialised gum health or deep clean) and alerts that it’s time to change your brush head, to automatically syncing the brushing mode to the type of brush head being used, the tech is becoming more intuitive every year.
When a generation is set in their ways and grew up with manual toothbrushes, it can be tough to make the switch to electric. But they can be a huge help if your mobility is restricted and you have trouble moving the brush on your own. It does the work for you. What’s more, electric toothbrushes are an effective way to clean dentures without being too abrasive, especially if you select a low intensity or gentle mode.
Once you get to the top-end of electric toothbrushes, you’ll find that many come with a sleek carry case to protect the components and brush head during travel. Another handy gadget is a smart phone holder you can affix to the bathroom mirror. This allows you to consult the app, which accompanies the brush with ease.
With regular cleaning and charging, an electric toothbrush should last around five years, with the majority of manufacturers offering a two-year warranty.
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