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Top 14 Best Electric Toothbrushes of 2020

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Updated June 19, 2020

We extensively tested 11 electric toothbrushes and declare the Oral-B Pro 2000 to be our Best Choice. It performs well for its reasonable price, comes with all the necessary functions and efficiently removes plaque and bacterial build-up. Our recommended toothbrush in the premium category is the Oral-B Genius 9000. As one of the best electric toothbrushes on the market, it has many smart accessories and a fun and practical app that will make your brushing even more efficient. The best cheap electric toothbrush that we reviewed is the Oral-B Pro 600, a decent budget brush which is extremely easy to use. With over half the models in our test being made by one manufacturer, our test should help you to compare the Oral-B toothbrushes effectively if you are particularly looking at models from this manufacturer. This will help you to decide which model of electric toothbrush is right for you.

How we did the test

We carried out the tests ourselves and tested all of the toothbrushes as they are intended to be used in reality. A dental hygienist was responsible for deciding the test structure and defining which test parameters should be used. A number of different users took part in the test, including both experienced and inexperienced electric toothbrush users. Children from 2 to 7 years tested the children’s toothbrushes in the test to help us establish which are the best electric toothbrushes for kids. Ultimately, we decided to focus on examining the following parameters:

  • Function: We looked at the type of brushing technique (whether oscillations, rotations or pulses), motor power, brush mode and the design of the brush head. We also looked at any relevant accessories, whether any app support was included, the charging functionality and any included travel kits. Does the electric toothbrush come with a timer? Is this timer built in or external?

  • Use and ergonomics: What is the electric toothbrush like to use in terms of grip, control and accuracy? How well does the handle fit in larger, medium or child size hands? Does the electric toothbrush have useful functions to motivate the user to brush their teeth better? Is the battery rechargeable, and how long is the battery life?

  • Brushing result and feeling of cleanliness: We paid particular focus on difficult-to-reach areas where bacterial film often builds up, especially at the gum line, deeper inside the mouth around the molars and in spaces between the teeth.

We judged the toothbrushes’ value for money on how well the models fulfilled expectations for the above parameters in relation to their price. We kept the electric toothbrushes that performed well for further longer-term testing. In many cases this was for several years and we will continuously add updates to the reviews.

1. Oral-B Pro 2000 - BEST ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH 2020

A highly effective electric toothbrush that features both the most necessary functions and a modest price

Brush speed: 8000 oscillations/rotations and 40,000 pulses per minute. Brush modes (2): Daily Clean, Gum Care Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: No

Oral-B Pro 2 2000N CrossAction

The Oral-B Pro 2000 is the basic model in Braun’s Pro series. Models with a higher serial number may have more accessories, brush heads, app support, timers and brush modes, but ultimately, it's the same electric toothbrush with the same effective motor inside. This makes the Oral-B Pro 2000 incredibly good value for money as the “normal” brush mode oscillates, rotates and feels exactly like the significantly more expensive models in the 4000, 5000 and 7000 series. Of course it's fun to experiment with app support and different functions, but our view is that the “normal” brush mode is what most people will use on a daily basis. Apart from this mode, you can activate the “Gum Care” mode by pressing the button once more for a type of massage that pulses in intensity. As with many expensive models from the same manufacturer, this Oral-B electric toothbrush comes with a pressure sensor.

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The small round brush head makes it easy to carry out accurate brushing in areas where there is a lot of bacterial build up, such as on the areas closest to the gum line and around the molars. The handle felt comfortable for both large and small hands and a warning lamp flashes if you press too hard. This is a useful function, particularly for new users. If you have a lot of problems with plaque build-up or need extra motivation in your toothbrushing, it could be worth buying a more expensive model with more brush modes, brush heads and app support. However, if you feel that you simply want a really good electric toothbrush for an unbeatable price, the Oral-B Pro 2000 delivers exactly that. Due to its balance of performance and price, this is the top electric toothbrush in our test.

Powerful motoreffective on plaque and bacterial filmexcellent results
Few brush modesno app support

2. Oral-B Genius 10000N - BEST PREMIUM BRUSH

Intelligent and practical electric toothbrush that lives up to its name by delivering pleasantly effective tooth cleaning

Pressure sensor: Yes Brush speed: 10,500 oscillations/rotations and 48,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (6): Daily Clean, Pro Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Massage and Tongue Cleaner Built-in timer: Yes App support: Yes

Oral-B Genius 10000N

With the Oral-B Genius 10000N, that clean mouth feeling you normally only get on the way home from the dentist’s can become an everyday experience. This electric toothbrush has everything – and of course you have to pay accordingly. But rather than an unfortunate expense, the price you pay for a Genius 10000N feels more like an investment in your own oral hygiene.

The Oral B Genius 10000N comes with a complete arsenal of accessories. The travelling case is quite large but also works as a charger, so you don’t usually have to pack that too. The four brush heads include a Floss Action head that makes short work of plaque and other deposits. The toothbrush heads last well, and it’s really instructive to see how the blue bristles fade over time. When they’re more white than blue it’s time to replace the brush head.

The actual process of brushing your teeth is extremely easy. There’s an app to help you get the maximum effect from your toothbrush, and a holder to attach your smartphone to the bathroom wall is included. But even without the app, the Oral B Genius 10000N provides a clear guide to brushing your teeth. A white light shines during use, which changes to red immediately if you press too hard. Flashing lights and audio signals indicate when it's time to change to the other side of your mouth. The on/off button is easy to use, as are the buttons to change between the six different brushing modes.

The power and speed of the Genius 10000N are incredibly impressive. There’s a brushing mode for all occasions, and even if you’re used to an electric toothbrush you’ll experience the results you get from the Oral B Genius 100000N as magical.

Incredibly effective brushingclear signalsuseful accessories
Travelling case is rather large

3. Oral-B Genius 9000

One of the market’s best electric toothbrushes, with many useful accessories

Brush speed: 10,500 oscillations/rotations, 40,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (6): Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Gum Care, Soft, Whitening, Tongue Cleaning Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: Yes

Oral-B Genius 9000 Series

The Oral-B Genius 9000 is a next-generation electric toothbrush. It comes equipped with its own app, which is really well designed and engaging. After a while you may realise that the app has actually made it more enjoyable to brush your teeth. The app shows exactly where in the mouth you should brush, how clean your teeth are and when it’s time to move your brush to another position. You can tailor the brushing to your own personal oral health, either by yourself or in consultation with a dental hygienist or dentist. The Genius 9000 includes a holder for your mobile phone so that you can attach it to the wall or on a mirror to properly see it as you brush. If you really want to personalise your teeth brushing process, you can even change the colour of the lamp built into the brush. It also comes with a travel case, which is handy if you plan on taking the toothbrush with you when you travel. The toothbrush’s charging stand is equipped with a head holder, making it easy for several people in the same household to all use the toothbrush.

If you’re not interested in gadgets, the Oral-B Genius 9000 also has plenty of practical properties to justify its hefty price tag. The brush has a number of different programmes which you can easily cycle through by simply pressing a button. The most useful modes are the ones for normal brushing and for cleaning between teeth. We felt that the modes for polishing and brushing the tongue didn’t have as noticeable an effect.

The motor in the Genius 9000 is strong, with a highly effective 10,500 oscillations/rotations and 40,000 pulses per minute. Even people who have extensive experience of using an electric toothbrush will experience the wow factor of the Oral-B Genius 9000. Our testers said that their mouths had never felt cleaner and that brushing their teeth had never been more entertaining. While the price is high, if you have a substantial budget available the Genius 9000 is an excellent choice and perhaps the best toothbrush available on the market.

Very effectiveuseful accessoriesenjoyable and practical app
High price

4. Philips ProtectiveClean 4500

A zingily effective and affordable electric toothbrush

Pressure sensor: Yes Brush speed: 62,000 brush strokes per minute Brush modes (2): Cleaning, White Built-in timer: Yes App support: No

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4500 HX6830

Just like other Sonicare toothbrushes, the Philips Sonicare Protective Clean offers a truly tingling experience to begin with. The first time use it you actually find yourself wondering whether your mouth should really prickle this much. It’s the sonic brush method that causes this sensation. Fortunately you quickly get used to it, and it soon makes other electric toothbrushes feel like they’re humming half-heartedly in comparison.

The Protective Clean is a slim toothbrush. The design is really attractive and the black colour makes it feel stylish when it’s standing in the bathroom waiting to be used. The toothbrush is also very nice to hold, with sufficient weight to lie perfectly in hand without feeling too heavy.

While the Protective Clean only offers two programs – one for cleaning and one for whiter teeth – the brush is equipped with a function called BrushSync. This means the electric toothbrush synchronises with the toothbrush head you’ve chosen and selects the program on the basis of this (assuming you’re using a toothbrush head for the Sonicare line).

A timer makes sure you brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes and indicates when it’s time to move onto the next part of your mouth. The toothbrush also reminds you when it’s time to change the head, which is useful if you’re the kind of person who tends to forget to do it as often as you should.

This is a good value for money electric toothbrush in the medium segment that effectively cleans your teeth and also looks good in the bathroom. And the tingling sensation is actually really positive after a while.

Attractive designgood value for moneyreminds you to replace brush head
Tingles a lot before you’re used to itonly includes one toothbrush head

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5. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean

A light, stylish and ergonomic electric toothbrush which brushes effectively and quietly

Brush speed: 31,000 pulsing rotations per minute. Brush modes (5): Clean, Gum Care, Polish, Sensitive, White

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean HX9352

The first time you brush your teeth with the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean, your mouth will tingle. It’s an interesting sensation rather than an uncomfortable one; something you have to experience to understand. The toothbrush uses 31,000 pulsing rotations and vibrations per minute and quickly stimulates the production of saliva, meaning it’s best to keep your mouth shut if you want to avoid splashing the bathroom mirror. The sonic brushing technique propels the liquid in between the teeth and along the gum line. After a few days you will learn to enjoy the brushing technique of this Philips model and your mouth will feel clean and fresh.

Philips make some of the most attractive electric toothbrushes on the market. The long battery life is excellent and the toothbrush includes a glass that functions as a wireless charging station – a stylish and practical solution that works with both 110- and 230-volt power supplies. The toothbrush also comes with a travel case that can be charged via USB, a practical solution that means you won’t have to take a special charger with you when you travel. The brush itself is relatively light and the grip is slim and ergonomically designed, making it easier to reach your molars. There are five brushing programmes and a built-in timer which tells you when you have finished each quarter of your mouth. While the timer isn’t as educational as Oral-B’s more expensive models, it still works well. If you learn to love the brushing technique of Philips’ toothbrushes, you’ll no doubt want to carry on with it.

Lightergonomicstylishquiethighly effective cleaning
It can take a few days to get used to its brushing technique

6. Oral-B SmartSeries 5000

A popular electric toothbrush, now with a number of clever improvements

Brush speed: 8000 oscillations/rotations and 40,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (4): Daily Clean, Gum Care, Soft and Whitening Built-in timer: Yes App support: Yes

Oral-B Pro 5000

The Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 is an update of the incredibly popular and competent Oral-B Pro 5000 Triumph model. While it is essentially the same electric toothbrush with the same high-quality brushing results, it has a few interesting improvements. One major new feature is that the electric toothbrush can be paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth. The smartphone app guides you as you brush your teeth and tells you when it’s time to change to the next quarter. The app also provides you with data and statistics, an excellent feature for anyone who needs a little extra motivation to achieve better dental health. The handle has also been updated and is now considerably easier to grip and manoeuvre, even for small children’s hands.

The brushing speed remains the same as previous models; it rotates, oscillates and pulses thousands of times a minute, which is very effective against spots and plaque. The brush automatically reduces speed if you press too hard. The feeling of cleanliness is very good and compared with a normal manual toothbrush. The difference in cleaning results between the two is like night and day. The different brushing programmes make it easy to find a personal favourite. Three different brush heads that match these brushing programmes are included with the toothbrush. Despite the Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 clearly being better than its predecessor, the price is relatively high.

Very good brushing resultsintelligent app
Relatively high price

7. Philips Sonicare FlexCare

An intelligent and attractively designed electric toothbrush with a long-life battery for quiet, effective cleaning

Brush speed: 31,000 pulsing rotations per minute. Brush modes (3): Clean, Gentle, Massage Brush modes (2): Go care, Max care

Philips Sonicare FlexCare HX6932

This Philips model, with its narrow-rubberised grip and tasteful chrome details, is so attractive that you could even have it on display in the most exclusive bathroom. It’s charging stand is equipped with a handy and discreet toothbrush head holder. The low weight and handle design of the toothbrush itself make it easy to reach difficult to access areas of the mouth, even for children. The brush is also effective against both plaque and spots. When the brushing programme is finished, a timer automatically turns off the toothbrush. The brush has a long battery life and the charger works on both 110- and 230-volt supplies. While it took us a little while to get used to Philips’ sonic pulsing technique, over time we started to enjoy the brushing sensation more and more.

Attractive and intelligentquiet and highly effective cleaninglong-life battery suitable for travelling
Takes a while to get used to the sonic pulsing

8. Philips Sonicare For Kids

A colourful toothbrush that includes stickers, sound signalling functionality and an app to control brushing

Brush speed: 500 brush strokes per second Brush modes (2): 3-6 years, 7 years and upwards Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: Yes Target group: Children’s toothbrush

Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6322

Philips Sonicare For Kids is an electric toothbrush for children that although impressed us in nearly all areas, unfortunately fell short right at the finishing line. With this model it was the design of the actual brush head that we couldn’t get to grips with. It’s always a challenge to brush right to the back of the mouth and the spaces between the teeth. This problem is further complicated in a small child's mouth. Yet in the case of this brush, Philips have chosen to make their brush head rectangular and relatively large. For 2 year olds and smaller children it’s doubtful whether they would even be able to reach the brush head everywhere in their mouth, although it did work better for larger children. For this reason we would have preferred to see a smaller, rounder brush head.

Other than this shortfall, the Philips Sonicare For Kids feels very well designed for its target group. The toothbrush includes a number of stickers so that the child can customise the appearance of the toothbrush. It comes in colours which are bright and cheerful and the chargeable handle works well with different hand sizes. The motor is both strong and effective and the electric toothbrush has a fun music loop that signals when it’s time to change side in the mouth and when to change from the lower to upper teeth. There is also a “Kid Timer” that gradually increases brushing time over the course of 90 days to the recommended time of 2.5 minutes. With this feature children can naturally get used to brushing their teeth for longer and longer. With the Philips Sonicare For Kids, toothbrushing will undoubtedly become both simpler and more enjoyable. If it only had a better-designed brush head it, we would give it top marks.

Quick and effective motorgood sound signalling to control brushingstickers included
Brush head doesn’t feel optimised for a small children's mouths

9. Braun Oral-B Pro 7000

An advanced electric toothbrush with an intelligent pressure sensor and a smartphone app for brushing statistics

Brush speed: 8000 oscillations/rotations and 40,000 pulses per minute. Brush modes (7): Daily Clean, Soft, Polishing, Massage, Deep Clean, Tongue Cleaning, Triple Sensor

Oral-B ProfessionalCare 7000

The Pro 7000 is the most advanced electric toothbrush from Oral-B. It's also the most intelligent model we tested, with its processor having a greater calculation capacity than the Apollo 12 moon rocket. Externally the toothbrush is very similar to the Oral-B PC 5500 Triumph and much of its functionality is also the same, including the brush speed and the wireless smart guide. However, there are some interesting new functions such as an extra brushing programme for scraping the tongue.

The major new function of this model is that the Oral-B Pro 7000 has Bluetooth technology. While this may sound gimmicky, for statistics nerds it takes brushing your teeth to the next level. With the available app (for iPhone and Android) you get real-time information about your brushing, with brushing tips and advice sent straight to your phone. You also receive statistics related to your brushing and an analysis of your brushing sessions. The app also tells you when it's time to change brushing head and the integrated pressure sensor automatically reduces the brushing speed if you press too hard.

While the Oral-B Pro 7000 is a premium product with a premium price, we feel that its predecessor, the Oral-B Professional Care 5500 Triumph, was better value for the money.

Smartphone app with statisticsintelligent pressure sensor
Very high price

10. Philips HealthyWhite

An effective electric toothbrush with a good and child-friendly grip, all at a good price

Brush speed 31,000 pulsing rotations per minute Brush modes (3) Clean, Clean & White, Gentle

Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite HX6711

The Philips HX6731 has the same easy-to-use rubber coated handle as the HX6932, which works very well for both adults and children. While the brushing speed is also meant to be the same, it didn’t feel quite as effective. The electric toothbrush has three different vibration programmes, the Clean & White setting supposedly being able to make your teeth a full two shades whiter in just two weeks. The toothbrush shuts off automatically after two minutes – if you want to shut it off before this you have to click through all of the brush modes. The sonic technology is considerably quieter than the competitors’ electric toothbrushes, so much so that it was almost inaudible to other people in the bathroom. While this model is cheaper, we couldn’t help but prefer the function rich HX6932.

Relatively cheapgood grip also suitable for childrensimple instruction manual
It takes a few days to get used to the Sonic Care technology

11. Oral-B Pro 600

A good budget brush, but with a relatively weak motor

Brush speed: 8000 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses per minute. Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: No

Oral-B Pro 600

The Oral-B Pro 600 is an electric toothbrush that will quickly become a faithful companion in your everyday bathroom routine. If you’re primarily interested in a brush that can provide good, thorough brushing and place less value on extra functions, the Pro 600 is a good budget alternative to pricier, more function rich models. The package includes a chargeable handle, a charging station and a brush head. The Pro 600 can also be supplemented with other brush heads and is compatible with heads including Cross Action, Sensitive Clean, Floss Action, 3D White and Trizone. The toothbrush has one brush mode called Daily Clean, which works at 8800 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses per minute.

The Pro 600 has a light indicator showing the battery charge. The use period for a full charge is around 30 minutes, which corresponds to around a 6-7 day battery life if you brush for 2 minutes both morning and evening. The toothbrush also has a mechanical pressure sensor to ensure gentle brushing, combined with a two-minute timer to ensure you use it for the recommended brushing time.

In comparison with the Oral-B Pro 2000 however, the Pro 600 felt like it was running on low batteries. There simply isn’t the same power in the motor. If you are trying to gain an understanding of the differences between Oral-B’s electric toothbrush models, the Pro 600 is a good example of a cheaper toothbrush that works well while lacking many advanced features of its pricier siblings. Despite this it is still much more effective than a manual toothbrush and it does its job faithfully for long periods without losing effectiveness. We therefore recommend the Oral-B Pro 600 to anyone who wants a good electric toothbrush without spending too much on buying one.

Low priceeasy to use
Weak motor compared with more expensive models

12. Oral-B Stages Power

A child-friendly design and a brush head suitable for children

Brush speed: 5600 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (1): Daily Clean Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: Yes Target group: Children’s toothbrush

Oral-B Stages Power Kids Battery Disney Car 3+

The Oral-B Stages Power is Oral-B’s toothbrush for children, which is clear both from its bright colours and the fact that the toothbrush is available in designs based on a number of different cartoon characters. The electric toothbrush includes a charging station, a chargeable handle and a soft toothbrush head with extra soft bristles. The round head feels very suitable for the target group (according to Oral-B the toothbrush can be used by children from three years and upwards). Those looking for the smallest electric toothbrush, look no further. Even in slightly smaller mouths it’s easy to get in between teeth and right to the back of the mouth. The Oral-B Stages Power has a melody that plays after a minute’s brushing, signalling that it's time to change from upper to lower set of teeth and vice versa.

The packaging promises a more enjoyable teeth brushing process and that children will brush their teeth for up to 90% longer. While this may sound like marketing spiel, our experience is that children do actually find electric toothbrushes more fun and that they make them much more patient about opening wide. This makes an electric toothbrush for children a good buy if you want to invest in their dental health from a young age.

However, the actual toothbrush itself isn’t so impressive. The motor sounds tired and slow from the start – similar to how a normal Oral-B toothbrush sounded in terms of efficiency several years ago. Unfortunately the wow factor that you get from using a new Oral-B electric toothbrush for adults is completely absent here. It feels like the Oral-B Stages Power is due an update to make it as good value for money as the brand’s other models.

Well designedsmall and round brush headclear sound signalchild-friendly design
Slow motor

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13. Oral-B Pro 700

A good budget choice with simple functions, similar to its sister model the Pro 600

Brush speed: 8,800 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (1): Daily Clean Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: No

Oral-B Pro 700 Cross Action

The Oral-B Pro 700 and the slightly cheaper Pro 600 model are confusingly similar. That the price only differs marginally also makes it difficult to understand what distinguishes one electric toothbrush from the other in layman’s terms. Ultimately it seems that the Oral-B Pro 700 features a slightly more updated design. However, on the inside they are both the same. The Pro 700 includes a charging station, chargeable handle and a brush head. The electric toothbrush is compatible with all types of replacement heads from Oral-B, including Cross Action, Sensi Clean, 3D White, Floss Action and TriZone heads.

When the Pro 700 is fully charged, the battery lasts for around a week's use assuming that you brush for about two minutes a time twice a day. The electric toothbrush has a built-in mechanical pressure sensor, one brush mode and a battery indicator on the handle. With 8800 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses a minute the Pro 700 does a reasonable job, compared with the Pro 2000 from Oral-B the motor feels both old and tired. The difference can be heard almost immediately. If you’re looking for a budget model electric toothbrush that provides good value for money, the Pro 600 is a better choice. We don't recommend paying extra for the updated design of the Pro 700. If your budget is a little bigger, we recommend going for Oral-B’s 2000 series in order to get even better value for money.

Good gripeasy to usewell designed brush head
Effectiveness feels a little doubtful compared with other Oral-B models

14. FOREO ISSA 2

Attractively designed electric toothbrush with impressively long battery life

Pressure sensor: No Brush speed: 11,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (1): Daily Clean Built-in timer: Yes App support: No

Foreo ISSA 2 Mint

The FOREO ISSA 2 is lots of things: attractive, compact, waterproof, hypoallergenic and designed in Sweden. But unfortunately there’s one thing it really isn’t – and that’s any good. There’s no doubt that a lot of thought has gone into the idea. But after using it for a while, you have to wonder whether the developers have ever actually put a FOREO ISSA 2 in their own mouths. Because no matter how you use it, the toothbrush head is just too big.

This may not be something you notice immediately, but once a few days have passed you start to feel the deposits building up in all the corners where the ISSA 2 simply can’t reach. Right in behind your back teeth, on the backs of the lower front teeth...unfortunately it’s a long list.

Nor does it make any difference whether you use the completely silicone head or the one with both silicone and PBT polymer bristles. They’re both equally bulky. One brush head even starts to shed bristles when, in desperation, we start to press a little harder during brushing, which is most unpleasant. The fact that the toothbrush heads are so useless is a real shame. Because from the seam downwards, the ISSA 2 has loads of potential.

According to FOREO, one charge lasts for an entire year’s brushing, and everything we’ve seen indicates this is true. The neat size and low weight of the toothbrush together with the incredible battery life mean the ISSA 2 is ideal as a travel toothbrush. It’s also really convenient that you charge it with a cable that goes into the toothbrush itself rather than requiring a bulky charging station. But even this can’t counteract the fact that there's only one brush mode, even if you can adjust the speed.

The FOREO ISSA 2 gets points for the nice colours, for the battery life and for the courage to think differently. But electric toothbrushes are first and foremost about practical use and not about design. If the brush heads aren’t redesigned from the ground up, there’s no reason to even consider buying this electric toothbrush.

Fantastically long battery lifevery lightcan be used in the showerattractive design
Brush head too largedoesn’t clean the teethsilicone bristles can fall out

Everything about Electric toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are an increasingly common sight in the bathroom. Dental health is important and of course we want to do the best we can to make sure we have a fresh mouth and a gleaming smile. The benefits of an electric toothbrush is that they are more effective than a manual toothbrush at promoting good oral hygiene and effectively counteracting caries, plaque and gum disease and inflammation. Compared with manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes can help to combat yellow teeth that may have discolouration or spots from coffee and tobacco and allow you to achieve whiter teeth. Electric toothbrushes are also great for teenagers or adults with braces, as they are much better at removing plaque which can build up around them than manual toothbrushes.

With a manual toothbrush it can feel like you have to stand there for an age when you're brushing your teeth. In contrast to this, the majority of electric toothbrushes have some form of built-in timer which helps you brush your teeth for the correct amount of time recommended by dentists. Cheaper variants often have fewer refinements and accessories. Do you really need all these modern features? Of course it's an individual choice. While it may be tempting to pick up an electric toothbrush for under £20, if you've decided to invest in better dental health a higher priced multi-functional model could be a wiser choice towards making brushing your teeth both more enjoyable and more effective. For those with sensitive teeth, an electric toothbrush with more modes and power levels could be more at successful at minimizing the underlying dental problems which often cause tooth sensitivity, such as receding gums.

The difference between Oral-B and Philips

Clinical findings show that battery-powered electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual toothbrushes. We have only tested electric toothbrushes from the biggest brands; Oral-B, which is manufactured by Braun, and Philips. Both claim to be the most recommended by dentists and dental hygienists and come with their own pros and cons.

There are a number of differences in the techniques used by these electric toothbrushes. Oral-B toothbrushes pulse and rotate in an oscillating movement, while Philips toothbrushes vibrate in a sonic, pulsing movement which stimulates the saliva. The brushing feel is different and which you prefer will be a personal choice. Both techniques are gentle and effective at removing plaque and bacterial film, producing a cleaner and fresher feeling in the mouth than a manual toothbrush.

Many of Oral-B’s toothbrushes are available to buy in a twin pack, which is perfect if you are couple or buying them for your children. Both Oral-B and Philips toothbrushes are able to accommodate many types of replacement head refills, such as those with a rounded head or with extra soft bristles for sensitive teeth. Some third party companies develop eco-friendly heads which are compatible with both models.

Brushing technique

Your brushing technique is important to ensure that your teeth cleaning is good for your gums and wider dental health. Brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing fluoride twice a day for two minutes. Move the electrical toothbrush gently and slowly from tooth to tooth. Don't scrub, rather allow the toothbrush to do the work for you. Pause for a little while on each tooth before moving on. First brush the outside of the teeth, then the inside. Be extra careful at the gum line where plaque and bacterial film often build up. End with the biting surfaces of the side teeth. All electric toothbrushes in the test are guaranteed to use the correct brushing pressure. According to the manufacturer's instructions you should change the brush head with a replacement head every three months.

Supplement your brushing with dental floss or toothpicks and a tongue scraper to counteract caries, periodontitis and bad breath.

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