If you need help with what to get someone for Christmas this year, consider the gift of better oral health with an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes have become an increasingly popular gift in recent years, thanks to their advanced tech features and multiple brushing programs that can help whiten teeth over time. Many also come with a luxury price tag, making them a perfect gift rather than an everyday item.
We understand – an electric toothbrush for Christmas may not seem like the most exciting gift in the world. However, they are an excellent investment for those looking to take better care of their teeth and improve their smile. It’s also a thoughtful and practical present that will continue giving long after the festive season is over.
But Why Are Electric Toothbrushes Better Than Manual Ones?
For starters, electric toothbrushes can clean teeth more thoroughly, reaching areas under the gum line and between teeth that manual toothbrushes cannot. They also have a higher brush stroke rate, with some reaching up to 40,000 strokes per minute, compared to the 300 strokes per minute of manual toothbrushes.
The shape of manual toothbrush heads also restricts your ability to clean the entire tooth. Only cleaning the small, visible surfaces leaves your mouth vulnerable to bacteria, plaque and tartar build-up, causing tooth decay and Gum Disease. In contrast, electric toothbrushes provide a more thorough clean, helping prevent decay and improve oral health.
More so, one of the key benefits of electric toothbrushes is the built-in timer that ensures users brush for the recommended two minutes. Patients who use manual toothbrushes often slackly brush for less than two minutes, leading to inadequate cleaning and an increased risk of tooth decay. Electric toothbrushes will notify the user when the two minutes are up, ensuring you’re brushing for the correct amount of time.
Likewise, electric toothbrushes come with pressure sensors to prevent users from brushing too hard, which can cause damage to your gums and tooth enamel. They also often have softer brush heads to avoid enamel erosion and gum recession caused by the abrasiveness of hard toothbrush bristles. As such, a study from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that switching to an electric toothbrush led to 22% less gum recession and 18% less tooth decay over an 11-year period.
Therefore, electric toothbrushes are superior to manual toothbrushes in several ways. They offer a more thorough cleaning experience and even come with pressure sensors to warn against overzealous brushing and protect your tooth enamel and gum health.
Which Electric Toothbrushes Do We Recommend?
The dental market has seen significant advancements recently, with electric toothbrushes offering improved automation and brush stroke rates. Some electric toothbrushes have oscillating, rounded brush heads that rotate in each direction to clean difficult-to-reach areas, while others use vibrating ultrasonic technology to remove plaque and stimulate the gums. There are also electric toothbrushes that combine both technologies, and some that offer silicone brushes for added oral health benefits.
If you’re looking to buy an electric toothbrush as a Christmas gift, we’ve put together a list of recommended toothbrushes from each category, including oscillating, ultrasonic, and silicone. We’ve chosen a range of toothbrushes at different price points, with the more expensive options offering high-tech features such as multiple brushing modes, whitening benefits, gum-massaging action, pressure sensors, timers, and digital reminders to replace the brush head.
Some of the leading electric toothbrushes on the market also use A.I. technology and a native app to improve your brushing technique and can track your progress. These apps use granular mapping to help users brush targeted areas of the mouth that they may have missed. This added technology makes an electric toothbrush for Christmas a great gift option for those looking to improve their oral health. It’s pretty ingenious!
Oscillating Electric Toothbrushes
Oscillating electric toothbrushes are great for maintaining a bright, white smile, thanks to the rotating bristles that polish the surfaces of the teeth. They also do most of the work for you, so you only need to lightly guide the head along the teeth, making them a valuable gift for those with mobility issues such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Oscillating toothbrushes are the standard electric toothbrush on the market and come in various price points depending on the features included.
Low Price Point: Oral-B Pro 3 Electric Toothbrush With Smart Pressure Sensors (Currently £38.85). This toothbrush offers many intelligent features for its price, including three different brushing modes and smart pressure sensors to prevent you from brushing too hard.
High Price Point: Oral-B iO9 Electric Toothbrush (Currently £250.00). This top-of-the-line oscillating toothbrush features 3D teeth tracking, A.I. brushing recognition, and pressure sensors. It’s an excellent option for those looking for a luxury electric toothbrush.
Ultrasonic toothbrushes may seem like a gimmicky product, but they offer vast improvements over manual toothbrushes.
The high frequencies of ultrasonic toothbrushes allow them to gently but effectively move water and air particles to clean between the teeth and below the gum line. As the toothbrush operates, it generates ultrasound waves that pulsate at high frequencies, shaking plaque and tartar off the teeth for a deeper clean. Furthermore, studies show that a sonic toothbrush can provide superior plaque removal even when held 4mm from the tooth’s surface.
Once our patients incorporate an ultrasonic toothbrush into their routine, they often report feeling as though they “just walked out of the dentist” with a cleaner smile every day.
Low Price Point: Ordo Sonic+ Toothbrush (Currently £49.99). This stylish, low-priced sonic toothbrush, designed and approved by dentists, comes with four different brushing modes. It’s a fantastic option for those who suffer from sensitive teeth.
High Price Point: Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige (Currently £245.00). If you’re looking to splurge on a luxury toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare range offers a personalised brushing experience powered by a powerful A.I. app. This toothbrush provides a soft brush head, five advanced brushing modes, and pressure sensors, as well as providing progress reports and real-time feedback to improve brushing techniques.
These silicone sonic toothbrushes are a new addition to the market that can improve oral health with bacteria-resistant bristles. Silicone is naturally antibacterial, meaning there is no water or dirt retention that allows bacteria to grow, unlike manual and electric toothbrushes. As such, you’re not introducing more bacteria into your mouth when cleaning it.
Foreo ISSA 2 Electric Toothbrush (Currently £76.14). The Foreo ISSA 2 is a top-of-the-line silicone toothbrush with 16 different brushing modes. A one-hour charge also lasts 365 days, making it an excellent choice for busy individuals.
Teeth Whitening at Corner House Dental, Norwich:
If you know someone who dreams of a brighter, more beautiful smile but already uses an electric toothbrush, why not treat them with a teeth whitening treatment? At Corner House Dental, we offer both in-house and at-home whitening services with 5-star post-care treatment to provide flawless results.
Switching to an electric toothbrush is an excellent step towards better oral health, and whitening can help enhance your smile even further. Consider a teeth whitening treatment as the perfect complement to an electric toothbrush.
Looking for flexible payment options? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. We offer flexible payment options, including interest-free finance.
Contact our reception team in Norwich on 01603 385322 or online to enquire about our teeth whitening services.
Most of all, we wish you a joyous festive season and can’t wait to welcome you again in the New Year!