Guide to Buying Electric Toothbrushes

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For most people brushing their teeth is second nature. The main reason we use a toothbrush is to remove plaque, bacteria, stains and food that constantly accumulates on our teeth. This plaque bacteria causes bad breath and eats into tooth enamel creating cavities.

Dentists recommend you brush your teeth twice a day:  in the morning and before bed.  Problems with manual toothbrushes include not reaching all areas and also pressing on too hard.

When using an electric toothbrush we advise you read the instructions supplied before first use.  Electric toothbrushes do most of the brushing for you, meaning all you do is move the brush around and let the motorised bristle head do the work.

Too much pressure or overbrushing for too long can lead problems including damage to the gums, onset of gingivitis and damaged teeth enamel. Using an electric toothbrush such as the Braun Oral-B or Philips Sonicare range allow you to regulate the brushing time and pressure applied as most models include a built in timer and pressure sensor.

Basic tips

Budget: There is always an electric toothbrush to suit every budget so check all products available

Graded Products: Watch out for these, they are quite common on auction sites - especially ebay.  Its when a seller or company buys a bulk of damaged or used items, rebuilds/repackages them and sells them on at a very low price.  Best way to spot these is to check the price: if the rrp for an item is £30 and someone is posing to sell a new one for £12 then there must be a good reason.  Always ask direct questions if not sure and check the sellers feedback

Returns: Occasionally some brushes have faults, make sure a seller accepts returns on faulty goods



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