Do you get bothered by the buzzing noise of an electric toothbrush?
In just 4 steps, you’ll learn how to make it quiet to maintain your peace when you’re brushing your teeth.
Who says you can’t get good hygiene and a soundless operation?
In this guide, we tell you what makes them so noisy and how to make an electric toothbrush quiet.
How to Make An Electric Toothbrush Quiet
So how do you make your electric toothbrush quiet?
To put it simply, there are really no sure-fire ways to make your electric toothbrush silent.
If you want the BIGGEST reduction in noise levels, your best bet is to get an upgrade that’s quiet enough.
However, in this section, we’ll tell you a few DIY ways you can try and a few things you can check on with your toothbrush to fix your noise problem.
And if the noise persists and you decide to get a sonic toothbrush instead. We have a few recommendations of “noise-less” models for you at the end, as well.
So, without further ado, let’s get on to the tips and tricks on how to make electric toothbrushes quiet!
Step 1: Locate the Source of the Noise Your Toothbrush Makes
As with any other problem, the first step you should do to diagnose it is to find the source.
Check the Head
The easiest way to find the noise source is to check the head first.
- Check if the brush head matches the body and if it is made by the same manufacturer as your toothbrush.
- 3rd party products more or less don’t fit as well with your toothbrush, which will cause it to generate more vibrations and noises as it oscillates.
- We know that an original brush head can get expensive, but considering how much this can affect the health of your teeth and even the longevity of your electric toothbrush, we believe it is certainly worth the spend.
- Check the placement of the head. Perhaps you didn’t replace it properly or didn’t tighten it enough. This can also cause it to wobble or move around too much, thus generating more noise.
Ensure you change your toothbrush head every 3 to 4 months to keep it clean and ensure it effectively cleans your shiny whites.
Any longer than that and too much bacteria will build up on its bristles, possibly damaging the health of your gums and teeth!
Check the Body
Now if you notice there’s not much sound coming from the brush head, turn your attention to the body.
If the noise is coming from the body of your electric toothbrush, then it’s a completely different issue.
- First, if you have a model that has replaceable batteries, check the batteries were placed inside properly and are secure. If you have a rechargeable model, stop keeping it plugged in. This will damage the batteries in the long-run and cause them to lose their charge and degrade much faster.
- Next, if the battery doesn’t seem to be the problem, this is usually a sign something has gone wrong with your toothbrush, whether from age, overuse, or improper maintenance.
Check the instruction manual and official website of the manufacturer for information on how you can fix it.
If your electric toothbrush is still under warranty, we recommend bringing it to a service center or contacting the manufacturer directly for a diagnosis and specific instructions on how to fix your toothbrush.
Step 2: Wrap the Handle for a Quiet Toothbrush Experience
Much like any other soundproofing or sound reduction technique, placing a layer between the source of the noise and the air (or another surface where the noise can travel) can significantly decrease the sound that travels through the air.
In other words…
The fastest and easiest way to immediately reduce the noise levels of toothbrushes is to wrap something around the toothbrush, like a hand towel.
This muffles both sounds and vibrations, making it easier to hold, as well.
Just make sure the wrapping material is clean first, kay? After all, you don’t want to compromise hygiene because you’re desperate to get rid of the noise!
You can just reuse a clean rag, a towel, or anything else for this purpose. Microfiber is useful.
- Remember that the thicker the material, the more it will reduce the noise. However, make sure it’s not too thick that it will make it too difficult for you to hold the toothbrush in your hand.
- Make sure that whatever cloth you use, it’s clean enough to get close to your mouth.
- Do not overuse them too much and wash and change them out regularly if you are going to be doing this every time you brush.
Avoid any cloth that may be too slippery, especially when it gets wet, as this can provide a means to drop your toothbrush.
We don’t know about you, but we certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable reusing a toothbrush with a head that has touched the floor. Talk about irksome.
We also don’t recommend using permanent a fabric casing, as it can cause other issues, such as static. Now that will certainly be one wake up call!
Place the cloth on the spot where the head meets the body so that it reduces the most noise.
Step 3: Keep Your Electric Toothbrush Quiet By Maintaining Its Good Condition
Keeping any electric machine, tool, or gadget in excellent condition will ensure you can use it for a long time with no problems.
As we’ve mentioned, an unusually loud electric toothbrush may be its way of telling you that something is wrong.
So make sure you check the user manual and manufacturer’s instructions for specific pointers on how best to charge and take care of your unit.
- To make your electric toothbrush as quiet as possible, avoid getting indicated parts wet and do not overcharge it to maintain its lithium-ion batteries in excellent condition.
- Your electric toothbrush may also require cleaning from time to time, especially if some leftover toothbrushing residue has built up on the bottom or on the charging stand. Give it a wipe with a cloth and with some gentle cleanser before drying it off with a dry towel.
- Of course, as we’ve mentioned, change your toothbrushes regularly when necessary, including their heads.
Doing this regularly will keep you from having to prematurely spend on a replacement or repair and ensure that your teeth get the best care possible for as long as you can.
Step 4: Soundproof Your Bathroom
This isn’t exactly a way to make an electric toothbrush quiet, but it’s still another step you might want to take.
If you’re super worried about your noisy electric toothbrush or want to ensure no one will hear any of your loud number twos, this is the best solution for you. However, these may not be practical if you don’t want to tear down your walls.
Check out our complete guide on Soundproofing a Bathroom!
Alternative Step: Upgrade to a Higher Quality Electric Toothbrush
This is the ULTIMATE solution to most of your noise problem if trying any of the other ways we have enumerated above has not given you the quiet electric toothbrush you want.
There’s no going around the fact that when it comes to electric toothbrushes, the more expensive models will generally give you quieter toothbrushes.
So if the noise’s source is in the body’s mechanism and it isn’t cheap or easy to fix, why not upgrade to a better one?
Getting a new and better toothbrush will be cheaper in the long run, especially if your old one has served you for a long time already. They also last longer on a single charge and remove having to worry about removable batteries!
What Makes Sonic Toothbrushes Different?
When we talk about taking care of your teeth, it seems absurd to be spending a lot of money on a toothbrush.
That’s what regular visits to the dentist are for, right? Think again.
Sonic electric toothbrushes won’t just give you less noise and tons of added technology, they’re also better because they are just much better at cleaning your teeth and gums!
So really, you’re saving money long-term by preventing unnecessary dental procedures that may be caused by improper brushing or the use of a bad toothbrush.
A sonic electric toothbrush is quieter than a standard electric toothbrush because it oscillates between 250 and 300 times per second or at least 30, 000 brush strokes per minute.
So, sonic toothbrushes vibrate faster and quieter, resulting in much less overall noise than a standard electric toothbrush because they oscillate at much higher frequencies.
Another thing that makes it a quiet electric toothbrush is the use of better materials and design for its casing and brush head set up, which limits the chances of getting those unnecessary vibrations in the body we’ve talked about.
Instead of hearing the usual loud motorized noise from a standard electric toothbrush, you will hear a barely noticeable hum from sonic toothbrushes.
Plus, the newest models of sonic toothbrushes have PLENTY of benefits over their standard counterparts. From less noise to different brushing modes, and many other features.
Many also offer cleaning modes, head choices, and even a downloadable app for tracking and correcting your brushing habits that will store your data for months at a time. Some even come with a custom travel case.
Overall, a sonic toothbrush will give you better cleaning performance and will do better at cleaning out those hard-to-reach places. You can even find a sonic toothbrush model with different sizes to fit your needs.
While getting these electric toothbrushes is more expensive, you can certainly see where your money goes with the high build quality, design, materials, and added features that will keep your teeth and gums sparkling clean.
Why Does Your Electric Toothbrush Make So Much Noise?
Electric toothbrushes can get noisy for many people, which can be irksome for an early riser or night owl, especially when your partner is already asleep.
If you examine your electric toothbrushes closely, you notice that the casing protects a motor, a gear, a circuit, a cam, and a rechargeable battery.
What makes the toothbrush head spin or oscillate are the gears, motor, and the cam.
Usually, what causes the sound levels is the brush head’s movement or rotation. This is also affected by the mechanism/technology that moves the toothbrush head back and forth to clean your teeth.
Standard electric toothbrushes will oscillate about 26 times per second.
To translate: it generates a sound each time it does because the gear and cam are constantly converting the high-speed motions of the motor into the back-and-forth motion you need to clean your teeth.
Still with us?
So… even if your toothbrush internal mechanism is quiet, the fit of the brush head or incorrect model for your electric toothbrush will make it louder than what other people will experience.
You can also use electric toothbrushes with a defective motor which can also cause a lot of unnecessary noise.
The same goes if your electric toothbrush is already running out of charge, whether it is rechargeable or has to be replaced with fresh batteries.
Since electric toothbrushes use the same lithium-ion technology as most other gadgets, it can lose its ability to hold its charge if it’s constantly connected to a power source or not taken care of properly.
Should You Buy a Quiet Electric Toothbrush?
You should definitely buy a quiet toothbrush because of its many benefits. If you see yourself in this section of the article, it’s more than likely that getting sonic toothbrushes or a quiet electric toothbrush is perfect for you and your lifestyle.
We know you may be thinking: why not downgrade to a manual toothbrush instead? Well, no!
If You Want to Ensure Plaque Removal
Countless studies have shown that electric toothbrushes significantly lessen the chances of you getting plaque and gingivitis, more than a manual brush head. This is because they vibrate much faster than you ever could if you were manually brushing.
This brush vibration allows for more micro-movements whenever you move your toothbrush across your teeth, and will be even better if you get brush heads that can oscillate faster and not just vibrate in your mouth.
This is just one of the benefits you can get with a quiet electric toothbrush, as they will reduce noise on top of giving you better oral health!
If You Have Limited Mobility
You barely have to do anything with an electric toothbrush. All you have to do is put toothpaste on it and press it lightly against your teeth. The brush will do everything else for you.
This is perfect for you if you have limited mobility due to conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and other developmental disabilities.
The added technology of these toothbrush heads, such as pressure sensors and timers for your brush strokes, will make it easier for you to ensure you’re giving your teeth the right clean without hurting yourself.
If You Use Orthodontics
Quiet toothbrush models have various cleaning modes, including those perfect for cleaning out orthodontics so you can get fibers and pieces of food out. This greatly reduces any plaque build-up you may get.
We recommend using a small head to really get into the tight spaces. All of these brands also have a brush head that is specially made for orthodontics, which will give you more intertwined and narrow bristles to make them more effective.
If You Live With a Light Sleeper
For people with sleeping disorders, there’s nothing worse than being woken up by the quietest of noises. This can ruin your entire night’s sleep and the rest of your day, too.
What really sucks is that you worked so hard to fall asleep, only for that to be interrupted by a noisy toothbrush!
If you live with someone like this, do them a favor and get a quiet model! They’ll thank you for it.
Plus, everyone will be in a much happier mood after a good night’s sleep!
If You Dislike Strong Vibrations
For people with sensitive teeth and gums, noisy toothbrushes are no good. These tend to have very strong or uneven vibrations that can be painful or at least uncomfortable for most people.
The great news is that quiet electric toothbrushes have technology that can be used on sensitive teeth and gums and even have pressure sensors to ensure you don’t overdo it.
From checking and adjusting brush heads, wrapping a hand towel around the toothbrush, or purchasing a brand new sonic toothbrush, we are confident we’ve given you every possible way you need to know to make your electric tooth brush quieter.
We hope this guide has helped you figure out how to fix that noisy electric toothbrush of yours!
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