What is an Electric Toothbrush? Everything you need to know. ·

[toc] The advent of the 21st century ushered us fully into the digital age where computerized methods have begun taking over the traditional and manual way of doing things. 80-100 years ago, no one would have imagined something like an electric toothbrush, but here we are today, electric toothbrushes have become the order of the day.


The Electric toothbrush is a new advancement from the traditional manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes make rapid and automatic bristle motions around the teeth and move in either back-and-forth oscillatory motion or rotates around the teeth while cleaning your dentition.

A modern electric toothbrush is powered by a rechargeable battery attached to it and is charged using inductive charging which happens while the brush sits in the charging base attached to the brush.


Electric toothbrushes was first patented by Dr. Philippe Guy Woog in 1954. He referred to his device as the Broxodent and it was introduced in the United States by E. R Squibb and sons Pharmaceuticals in 1959. Although it gained popularity for a long time within the United States, its visibility has been heavily limited by the emergence of large competitors such as Philips Sonicare and Braun Oral-B who both produce the same device.

A few years later, in the early 1960’s, a new electric toothbrush manufactured by General Electric was introduced. It was an advancement from the old Broxodent and was termed the Automatic Toothbrush. It was cordless and came with a rechargeable Ni-Cad battery and even though it was termed portable, it weighed almost the same as a two-D-cell flashlight.

If you wish to learn more about the history of the electric toothbrush, we suggest you take a look at an older article we’ve written about this subject.


Electric toothbrushes can be classified according to how fast their rotation is. Depending on the speed, they are classified as power, sonic or ultrasonic toothbrushes.

A Power electric toothbrush is really just another name for electric toothbrush. What characterizes them is that their bristle speed does not surpass the 24,000 bristle movement mark, to be classified as sonic toothbrush. In general these electric toothbrushes are cheaper than sonic and ultrasonic electric toothbrushes.

Sonic toothbrushes generally refer to electric toothbrushes that have a very fast bristle movement and produces an audible humming sound when used. The speed for sonic toothbrushes range from 24,000 to 48,000 movements per minute. Sonic toothbrushes relies on sweeping motion alone to clean your teeth.

Ultrasonic toothbrushes use ultrasonic waves in cleaning your teeth. Ultrasonic toothbrushes, as the name depicts, are a range of toothbrushes that operate at speeds like sonic toothbrushes Their difference is that ultrasonic toothbrushes emmit ultrasonic waves that penetrate the gums and further break up bacteria’s that cause dental plaque.



Popular brands of electric toothbrushes in the UK, include Brauns’ Oral-BPhilips Sonicare and Colgate

What is the best Electric Toothbrush?

What is the best electric toothbrush is a question with many answers. For example, what is the best electric toothbrush for kids and what is the best electric toothbrush for adults? As you understand the answer’s will be different in each scenario.

Below we’ve listed all our buying guides that will help you choose the best electric toothbrush for each occasion

Electric Toothbrushes Reviews

In BestElectricToothbrushGuide.com, we review all the latest electric toothbrush models that are available to UK market. If you wish to check all the electric toothbrush reviews, visit the electric toothbrush reviews category page.

If you want us to review an electric toothbrush not found in our website, just contact us with the electric toothbrush model. On the subject line type “Electric Toothbrush Review Request”.

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