Twice a year, you go to the dentist, floss as much as you know, and steer clear of (most of the time) sweet, sucrose sweets. Yet don’t forget: A+ oral hygiene always has to do with brushing, and electronic toothbrushes make the job a little easier twice everyday.
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Apart from being almost too easy to use (you put it in your mouth, press a little button, and let the brush do the job), electrical toothbrushes often demand much less forearm effort and yell, “I’m super serious about my dental health!” And while electrical toothbrushes are not necessarily necessary, they can be helpful in many cases, says Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD, Dean of the University of Pen.
FWIW, the American Dental Association (ADA) says both manual and electric toothbrushes can be effective at keeping your teeth off the plaque— you just need a little more experience with a manual brush. “The average person does not brush as much as they can, so they can help with electric toothbrushes,” Wolf said. And if you’re a pretty decent brusher, it’s possible you’ll get much better with an electric toothbrush. The proof: All sorts of electric toothbrushes outperformed standard ones in one independent study when it came to reducing plaque and gingivitis.
Electric toothbrushes tend to cost much more than your regular manual brush, alas. But comparing the two is a bit like pitting a flip phone against a mobile phone: on either one of them you can make calls or email your friends, but the latter has a lot more whistles and bells.
On your electric toothbrush (yet!) you can’t watch cat videos but most models have features you won’t find on a manual scrubber. And note that you don’t have to change your head as much as you’d like a manual brush— every six months is perfect for electric compared to every three or four for the old-school version, Wolff says. That means the investment can be worth it in the long run.
A lot comes down to personal preference when selecting an electric toothbrush, what aspects of brushing you normally struggle with, and the technical specifics (think: timers, multiple speeds, pressure sensors) are most important to you.
So, if you want to make sure that your teeth are the best clean, it may be time to make the switch to an electrical alternative. These top Amazon-approved dentist electrical brushes range from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy and will take your brushing game to the next level.
1. Sonicare Nature by Philips
Those hard-to-reach molars don’t stand a chance against the angled neck of this budget-friendly toothbrush. It also has small, super-soft bristles that creep their way between the teeth. Travelers, take note: The battery will last between charges for up to two weeks.
From Amazon’s more than 8,600 reviews!!!) (is this positive recommendation: “I can’t believe the feeling of pure cleanliness inside my gum line, teeth crevices, and mouth in general. It’s amazing and just like being at EVERYDAY dentist.”
2. Oral-B Genius 8000 Pro
This pretty rose gold toothbrush connects through Bluetooth to a smartphone app to deliver real-time feedback. When the light on the front turns red, it means that you’re brushing too hard (most of us do) and the pressure needs to ease up.
It also brings the next level of cleaning: “My teeth sound like I left the dental hygienist every day,” says one reviewer. Plus, this Oral-B brand has the ADA Seal of Acceptance, meaning that the ADA considers the drug to be successful in plaque removal and gingivitis prevention, and is healthy as advertised, so you know you’re making a good option for your dental health.
3. Fairywill Sound Toothbrush Rechargeable With Smart Timer
“My teeth are feeling the freshest they ever have,” one reviewer wrote. Another fan, who bought it for travel, wrote in a review that they are using it as their option at home everyday brush.
Plus, if you’re on the go or at home, you can charge it with your USB phone charger which you certainly already have around anyway (it’s all right— embrace). Only a four-hour charge gives you a battery life of a whopping 30 days.
4. Sonicare Philips DiamondClean
It is like mechanical toothbrushes Maybach. Yeah, it helps to eliminate stains and all, but it also charges in the tiny glass it comes with, synchronizes with an app on your phone that will tell you which side you’re brushing more than the other side (you know it’s happening), plus other ways your brushing style requires a little better.
This is literally like getting a dentist on standby. “The [DiamondClean] really brought the oral hygiene to the next point,” one reviewer says.
5. White Pro 1000 Oral-B
This beauty oscillates, rotates, and spins on your teeth to get rid of the gunk. This also comes with a timer to help you reach the 2 minutes of brushing recommended by the dentist that, let’s be honest, no one does on their own.
This model does not have the bells and whistles of more costly toothbrushes but it is NBD that people say. “I love him,” one reviewer wrote. “I wish I had bought it earlier. It’s not too hard on my gums and after every use my teeth feel really clean.”
6.VarioSonic PRO-SYS Electric Toothbrush
This is a brand dentists sell in their offices and it also comes with the ADA Approval Tag. In addition to providing 25!) (cleaning modes (via the combinations of five different brush heads and five speeds), a month of brushing covers the battery life from one full charge.
7.Quip Electric Dumbbell Package
Quip is a direct-to-consumer toothbrush that helps you to set up auto brush-head refills so you never forget to use old subpar bristles and end up losing them. The brushes come with a magnetic wall mounting device to make your bathroom sink quick to touch brush in.
One note: Quip is not technically electric; it needs batteries, so you can buy fresh ones on the Quip website or sign up for an auto-refill delivery program and they will give you new brush heads, floss, toothpaste and/or batteries every three months.
And the sleek design could get you interested in brushing more regularly. This brand also has the ADA Certificate of Acceptance, which means dentists say it’s legal.
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