How to Make an Electric Toothbrush Quiet

How to Make an Electric Toothbrush Quiet

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If the whole room grabs for their shades when you enter and flash that famous killer watt pearly white smile of yours, then the chances are that you are using one of the better and possibly quieter electric toothbrushes on the market.

The technology behind electric toothbrushes has advanced leaps and bounds with sonic vibrating as well as oscillating heads alongside cheaper battery powered versions that can make quite a racket! If you want a quiet electric toothbrush, you are probably going to have to spend a bit more to get one that barely operates with an audible whisper.

Are there any DIY ways though that can make your electric toothbrush run more quietly or even silently should the need arise? Perhaps you live in a busy house and are an early riser, and just don’t want to wake up the whole household with your regular 2-minute morning oral hygiene routine. Well, today we’re delving in and looking to answer exactly that question for you. How to make an electric toothbrush quiet?

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How an Electric Toothbrush Works and Where the Noise Comes From

If you love to dismantle your tech to see what makes it tick, you will quickly find out that an electric toothbrush doesn’t have that many component parts, no matter how much money you’ve spent on your make and model. Besides the outer case which provides those design aesthetics along with a targeted and removable brush head that delivers the specific cleaning action, there will be a gear, motor, cam, circuit and a rechargeable or replaceable battery.

The Brush Head Is Providing the Cleaning Power

It’s actually the brush head that does all the hard work, and you might find that if this isn’t fitted correctly or you have purchased the wrong kind for your specific handle, the noise output increases. Having the wrong brush head will undoubtedly contribute to a rise in the level of noise your toothbrush might be making, so that’s a good place to start if you do want to make your electric toothbrush quiet – by checking that you have one of the manufacturer’s recommended brush heads correctly fitted.

The Cam and Gears Deliver Intelligent Technology to Your Electric Toothbrush

To make that brush head rotate, spin, oscillate, vibrate and to primarily provide it with the power that you just can’t get from manual brushing with a regular your toothbrush and your own hand, you need a cam and gear function. This converts the high-speed motion of the brush’s electric (or battery-powered) motor into that back-and-forth action that is so effective at cleaning your teeth.

It does all of the hard work so that you don’t have to and in some instances, especially if you’ve bought a cheaper version, the noise of operating your toothbrush will be audible. Some people like that as it’s a sensory reminder that your toothbrush is working hard to get into the places that manual cleaning just can’t reach. It’s what helps keep your teeth in tip-top shape.

What About Sonic vs. Electric Toothbrushes?

Very crudely speaking, a sonic toothbrush works just like an electric toothbrush in that it moves back and forth at high speed across the surface of your teeth. The main distinction is the speed of that movement. For it to be categorized as “sonic,” it needs to vibrate at about 260Hz (and by that we mean 260 times) per second which then translates into about 31,000 brush strokes per second.

To put that into perspective, it’s 10 times faster than just a regular electric toothbrush. It’s a highly effective way of deep cleaning your teeth and really removing that unseen bacteria and plaque. Internally, a sonic toothbrush doesn’t look that dissimilar to an electric one. They’re going have a more complicated circuit board along with an induction charger coil. It’s all about the rate of vibration though, and that’s what really makes them so effective.

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Reducing Noise, So Your Electric or Sonic Powered Toothbrush Runs Quietly

If you do find that your electric toothbrush is just unacceptably noisy and you need to muffle the sound to make it less distracting, your best option, once you’ve ascertained that there’s nothing wrong with the internal working and that you have the correct brush head fitted, is to cushion your toothbrush in order to soak up some of the noise that comes from that vibrating action.

One of the most effective ways of doing this is merely to wrap something like a small hand towel, a washcloth or a microfiber-style cloth around the toothbrush which will simply soak up and muffle some of that unwanted noise without impacting the overall performance. Your other option, of course, is not to switch the toothbrush on and to use it with a manual function but that somewhat defeats the purpose of having bought a vibrating device in the first instance, which is overall far more effective at deep cleaning your teeth and gums.

Overall Thoughts on How to Make an Electric Toothbrush Quiet

So whether it’s your usual face or hand towel, a T-shirt or a simple piece of fabric wrapped around the device, if you have something soft and pliable that you can just wrap around your toothbrush handle, this should help to reduce some of that unwanted noise.

Alternatively, do your homework, thoroughly research the market, and ensure that you are investing in one of the best electric toothbrushes you can find that has been specially engineered to run on a whisper-like quiet setting. Plenty of manufacturers these days are producing super-quiet devices that are still packed with a powerful sonic performance.

About the Author Dr. Greg

Dr. Greg's experience in dentistry spans over 25 years serving patients of all ages. He's an advisor to and a consultant to many professional dental projects.