When used twice daily, the best electric toothbrushes can remove higher levels of plaque than a manual toothbrush, as well as teasing out any food or debris that might be trapped between your teeth and gums. This can help them to stay healthier while you’re in-between visits to the dentist. Modern electric toothbrushes also have multiple cleaning modes that range from a deep clean to tongue cleansing. In addition to removing plaque, the best electric toothbrushes clean between your teeth and under the gumline. Whitening modes are common, too.
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 electric toothbrush is a great option when it comes to providing a really thorough cleaning. Included is a CrossAction brush head that not only rotates but oscillates and pulsates to remove plaque and keep your teeth shining. A pressure sensor will cut out the pulsation feature if you press too hard. You can purchase other Oral-B toothbrush heads and use them with the Pro 2 2500. This brush has two brushing modes and a timer.
This sonic electric toothbrush has five cleaning modes including sensitive, polish, and massage. This is great for ensuring the proper cleaning technic is used on gums, compared to teeth. There is a built-in timer to help you know when you've brushed for the most effective amount of time, and an interval reminder so you remember to move the toothbrush around instead of staying in the same place. It comes with four brush heads. This toothbrush by Meafeng is charged using a USB port and will keep working for four days before needing to be recharged.
Pizzazz for kids
Because children don’t have the manual dexterity, or patience, to thoroughly brush their teeth, the Colgate Magik toothbrush is designed to make brushing fun and more effective. The extra-soft brush head has a gentle mode for super-sensitive gums or wobbly teeth. The handle is nice and grippy and the fun design makes teeth cleaning extra fun. This electric toothbrush comes with a mobile app and a phone holder. This gives your child a visual example to follow to make sure they brush correctly and for the right length of time.
Two-week battery life
The Philips Sonicare is an electric toothbrush capable of cleaning your teeth and gums effectively without aggravating them. It has plenty of smart features including a pressure sensor that alerts you if you’re brushing too hard. One impressive feature is the BrushSync Notification, which not only recognizes when you have fitted a new brush head, it also lets you know when it’s time to change brush heads so that it’s more effective at cleaning.
Brush and floss together
This particular electric toothbrush is designed to be used to both brush and floss your teeth and could help remove up to twice the amount of plaque compared to normal brushing and flossing. Waterpik is designed with three cleaning modes. When flossing, it moves water between your teeth and below the gumline where the bristles on the toothbrush can’t reach. The water pressure can be controlled via ten different settings, depending on the level of cleaning you need.
Choosing the best electric toothbrush for you
Beyond the research and testing we conducted in our lab, we reached out to dentists and dental hygienists to learn what’s important to consider when you’re looking for an electric toothbrush. Dr. James Doll, of Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, advised the following...
"Talk to your dentist about your particular situation," he said. "If you’re more prone to gum recession, I’d suggest something that cleans well but is ultra-gentle to the gums. At the same time, some people may build up plaque or debris that is thicker or more difficult to remove, and a different brush may work better to get between the teeth or to remove difficult types of build-up.
"There are a number of excellent choices out there and a number of excellent brush heads. Asking your dentist or hygienist is always an excellent way to go."