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Electric toothbrushes - are they worth the hype?

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    We'll look at the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of different types of toothbrushes, we'll review how to use an electric toothbrush properly, and then we'll look at what is the best electric toothbrush.

    Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

    Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

    Good things can be said for both manual and electric toothbrushes, depending on the user's needs and preferences. Are electric toothbrushes better? Let's examine both and then you can decide for yourself.

    Manual toothbrushes are usually super cheap, with many options available for brush head size, style, handle type, bristle type, etc. They are also widely available in most stores, so they are easily replaceable, and you never have to worry about your manual toothbrush running out of power. This convenience of manual toothbrushes is undeniable, but the brushing performance isn't as impressive.

    Users will often employ improper brushing techniques that can cause dental issues. Inconsistent brushing power and inadequate or excessive brushing time can cause damage to teeth and gums.

    The best electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, can be a daunting buy because of their price tag. Premium electric toothbrushes can range from $40 to $400 dollars, with replacement brush heads also costing a fortune. Despite their higher price tag, most dentists agree that they provide superior brushing results with their vibrating or oscillating motions. They can also come packed with useful features like pressure sensors, pressure reminders, 3D tracking, changeable brushing duration, etc., so you can customize your brushing experience to some extent.

    However, one of the biggest downsides of electric toothbrushes is their reliance on being charged, meaning if you don't have your charger with you, you're left with a lifeless toothbrush that doesn't compare to a manual one.

    How to use an electric toothbrush step by step

    Most electric toothbrushes have slight variations in how they operate and which features they offer. Here is a general guide to using a standard electric toothbrush that should cover most methods:

    Step 1. Preparation

    Ensure your toothbrush is charged, choose the right brush head, and select which mode you wish to use before brushing. Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the brush head.

    Step 2. Wet and turn on

    Wet the brush head, then turn on the electric toothbrush. To avoid toothpaste splashing, ensure the brush head is already in your mouth before turning it on.

    Step 3. Brushing technique

    Many dentists recommend using the Bass brushing technique. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums, use gentle back-and-forth or circular motions, and focus on each tooth. Divide your mouth into quadrants and brush for at least two minutes.

    Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums

    Step 4. Rinse

    Spit out excess toothpaste, rinse your mouth, and clean the brush head under running water.

    Step 5. Maintenance

    Turn off the toothbrush, clean the brush head regularly, and replace it every three to four months or as the manufacturer recommends.

    The best electric toothbrush of 2024 - Laifen Wave

    The best electric toothbrush of 2024 - Laifen Wave

    "What is the best electric toothbrush?" For us, it's a no-brainer. Introducing the Laifen Wave...

    The Wave electric toothbrush comes with three different brush heads that cater to your specific needs. The Gum Care brush head has ultra-soft tapered bristles, which are gentle on your gums while being effective in cleaning your teeth. The Super-Clean and Ultra-Whitening brush heads use firmer DuPont nylon bristles and are ideal for everyday cleaning and polishing.

    The three preset modes can be fully customized using the Laifen App; you can customize the oscillation speed, oscillation range, and vibration strength before or even during your brushing to find which combination suits you best. You can alter them for a gentler brushing experience, or if you're wild at heart like me, you can crank up the settings and experience the full power of the Wave!

    Embracing the bass brushing technique, the combination of vibration and oscillation ensures comprehensive coverage for both your teeth and gums. Take advantage of the adjustable timer to control the brushing duration, promoting effective oral hygiene habits.

    Cleaning the Wave is a breeze with its seamless design and IPX7 waterproof rating. Bid farewell to toothpaste stains on your brush as you effortlessly maintain its pristine condition.

    Stay on top of your oral health with indicator bristles on our brush heads, signaling the perfect time for a replacement. The brush heads are also very reasonably priced at only $9.99 for three or $16.99 for six. That's a year and a half's worth of brush heads for under $17; let that sink in...


    If you are still using a manual toothbrush, this article aims to provide you with enough information to make the switch to an electric toothbrush. If you are feeling brave enough to give it a try, I hope that the Laifen Wave toothbrush will be the perfect fit for you.

    Speaking from my own experience, I cannot and will not return to using a manual toothbrush after customizing the settings on my Laifen Wave to meet my personal needs. I'm sure you'll have the same feeling once you try it!

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