Q: Why Use a Power Toothbrush?

By Dr. Cheryl Bresnahan

Sonicare FlexcareStudies have proven that it takes two minutes using a power toothbrush to brush your teeth as effective as using a regular toothbrush for eight minutes. People have commented that by using a power toothbrush, they are able to maintain the clean feeling of just having receiving a professional cleaning.

The power toothbrushes that have received the best reviews are the rechargeable battery-powered toothbrushes with the two main competitors being Oral-B and Sonicare. The Oral-B toothbrush has a small round brush head with high frequency movements. The Sonicare toothbrush uses high speed, high frequency side-to-side movements. All of us at Dental Perfections personally use a Sonicare power toothbrush.

All of the studies evaluating the effectiveness of the Sonicare toothbrush were performed in water so please make sure you have some water in your mouth with a small amount of a low grit toothpaste when you use the Sonicare toothbrush.

To use the Sonicare toothbrush, simply put a small amount of a low grit toothpaste on, put some water in your mouth, put the toothbrush in, purse your lips around the head of the toothbrush to prevent spattering, aim the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the gum tissues and then turn the power toothbrush on and move the toothbrush along the gum line in a horizontal direction on both the insides and outsides of your teeth.

Q: Which Sonicare toothbrush should I buy? 

There are many different models available.  The main difference between the toothbrushes lies in how many different settings or cleaning modes are present. Bottom line is that you don’t need to buy a fancy model with all the different settings. The beauty of the Sonicare is that it works well so buying a model that just turns on and off is a more than adequate.


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Dr. Cheryl Bresnahan is a licensed dentist and the founder of Dental Perfections in Whitewater, WI. If you'd like to ask her a question, please visit the Ask Dr. Cheryl section of our Web site.