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Is it okay to use a cheap $0.99 toothbrush?

Toothbrush F.A.Q.

Am I being penny-wise and pound-foolish by buying the cheapest toothbrush on the shelf? 

In short, no. The price of the toothbrush is irrelevant as long as you replace it every 2-3 months. To protect your gums, be sure to use a soft bristle brush.

Why would you use anything other than a soft bristle brush?! Hard bristles are known to damage gums and teeth overtime. As far as electric toothbrushes go (we own one and love it!) they’re an investment, but well worth it in the long run.


Electric Toothbrushes seem pointless and stupid to me. Why should I spend money on one? 

If this is your opinion, you’re not alone…but you may be misinformed. Many people wonder why they should spend $100 on a toothbrush, when they feel that their manual toothbrush is perfectly adequate. Here’s the truth: your manual toothbrush will simply never be as effective as an electric toothbrush at removing plaque, stains, and improving dental health. Imagine you were trying to remove varnish from a block of wood. Would you rather use sand paper and elbow grease, or a power sander?  In this analogy, plaque is the varnish that coats our teeth, and nothing compares to the efficiently of “power sanding” that gunk away.

Here’s a little experiment we sometimes do with patients:

We’ll give them a new manual toothbrush, and tell them to brush as well as they can. Then, we give them what is called a “disclosing tablet” that turns plaque bright pink. Sure enough, even after their most diligent brushing, there are bright pink patches of plaque in the spots that they missed. Then, we have them brush again with the Sonicare, and lo and behold — the difference is crazy! And, even when you use the Sonicare alone, without first using a manual toothbrush, the disclosing tablet doesn’t lie. The Sonicare simply removes more plaque.

When it comes to the benefit of electric toothbrushes, it’s not just a matter of correcting “lazy” toothbrushing, or fixing “bad brushing technique”. . . electric toothbrushes just work. They get your teeth cleaner than you ever could with a manual toothbrush, meaning better oral health, and fewer cavities.


Okay, you’ve convinced me that electric toothbrushes work, but I still don’t want to spend $100 on one. 

Fair point. We totally get it. The cost of an electric toothbrush can sometimes be prohibitive, not to mention — there are more fun, temping things you could spend your money on.

At Better Dental, we always try to look out for the best interest of the patient as a whole person (not just as a set of teeth), and we accept that sometimes it’s not in the best financial interest of a person to invest $100 in their dental health at a given moment. What can we say, except, keep this in mind as an investment that you want to make in your health, happiness and confidence (did we mention electric toothbrushes help with bad breath?).

In the scope of your lifetime, you’ll get the most benefit from using an electric toothbrush the younger you are when you make the switch. Electric brushing can literally save you pain, money, and toothaches over the course of months, years, or decades.

And, if you’re not ready to make the switch yet: feel free to send us an email or give us a call at (919) 355-5123 and we’d be happy to send you a few disclosing tablets in the meantime. This way, you can put your manual toothbrush to the test and see if you’re leaving plaque behind when you brush. Seeing all that left over plaque on your teeth after a thorough brushing may be all the evidence you need to take the plunge. Please include your name, address, and North Carolina zip code.


Which brand of electric toothbrush should I buy?

There are a variety of electric toothbrush options, and even though studies have shown the Sonicare to be the most effective electric toothbrush brand, any electric toothbrush will be a big step up from a manual brush, so it’s hard to go wrong.



Where should I buy an electric toothbrush? 

Local department stores (and even grocery stores) sell electric toothbrushes, but you can often find a better deal online on sites like

But Better Dental is the only place that offers an price match guarantee on the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum 8 Series with free replacement brush heads for life.

This means that Better Dental will not only provide the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum 8 Series cheaper than you can find it on, but you can also avoid paying shipping, and most importantly — you will get one replacement brush head free at your 6 month dental appointment at Better Dental . .  FOR LIFE.  Over the course of years, this adds up to some serious savings.


What’s the deal with Better Dental’s price match guarantee? 

It’s simple! We promise to beat’s cheapest price on the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum 8 Series and give you free replacement  brush heads for life (once every six months at your appointment).

So, next time you’re in the neighborhood (or whenever you’re ready to make your purchase), just call us up and make your purchase by phone or in person. We accept cash, check, and all credit cards. Then, you can pick up your Sonicare at your convenience (at our dental office in Apex, NC) and suddenly, you’re brushing better, improving oral health, and you’ve got free replacement brush heads for life at your six month dentist appointment.


Aren’t the electric toothbrush heads expensive to replace?

Depending on the brand you purchase, replacement heads can run anywhere from a couple of bucks, up to about $8 a piece. Fortunately, these do not need to be replaced quite as often as manual toothbrush heads. If you’re concerned about the cost of replacement brush heads, all the more reason to take advantage of Free Brush Heads for Life offer.


Does it matter which brand of toothpaste I use? 

As for toothpaste, nothing is wrong with Crest, Colgate, or most toothpaste brands. The only toothpaste we do not recommend is one without fluoride (such as most of the Tom’s of Maine varieties).

To those with Fluoride misgivings, we recommend this Fluoride FAQ by the American Dental Association regarding the safety and efficacy of fluoridated toothpaste. And, we take utmost care to respect patient preferences with regard to Fluoride use. We are one of the few dentists in Apex who happily provide fluoride-free dental hygiene to accommodate any patient’s preferences.