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While most people know that their toothbrush needs to be replaced every once in a while (every three to four months, according to the CDC), not everyone thinks about upping their oral care game.
If you could use a new toothbrush, you might want to consider upgrading to an electric one. Healthline shares that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque because they can vibrate and oscillate, which “allows for more micro-movements every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth.” They also can be great for those with limited mobility who could use a little help with the daily task. Plus, most electric models have built-in timers, so they take the guesswork out of how long you actually should be brushing.
And while it’s true that electric toothbrushes will cost you a bit more than regular manual ones, you don’t have to invest hundreds of dollars (unless you want to!). Below, get to know two of the best electric toothbrushes on the market, as well as two more that are also worth considering.
Best of the best
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, $29.97 (Orig. $49.94)
Having earned more than 35,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, the Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush is one of the best options out there if you’re in the market for an electric toothbrush. This toothbrush has a two-minute quadrant timer, a pressure sensor to protect your gums and 360-degree cupping technology to ensure all parts of your teeth are getting clean. Plus, its “clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 300% more plaque along the gum line than a regular manual toothbrush.” And at under $30, this toothbrush is hard to beat.
The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6500 is another fantastic electric toothbrush that really lets you customize your brushing. This model has three intensities to choose from as well as three modes (clean, whiten and gum care). Similar to the Oral-B toothbrush, this one from Philips also has a two-minute timer and a pressure sensor. This brush also features a long-lasting 14-day battery life and a brush head replacement reminder, and it “delivers up to 100% less stains in just seven days to whiten your teeth in just one week vs. a manual toothbrush.”
The hum by Colgate Smart Electric Toothbrush Kit is another great option for those looking to get a deep clean. This electric toothbrush has three different brush modes (sensitive, normal and deep clean) so you can personalize your experience. The brush also has a tongue cleaner on the back of its head, but the coolest part is that you can download its accompanying app to get insights on how you’re brushing (and if you’re missing any spots).
This option from quip is an awesome, budget-friendly find. Plus, since this toothbrush is powered by a replaceable AAA battery, you don’t have to worry about forgetting your charging stand — and don’t worry, this design features a three-month battery life, so you won’t have to swap out that battery often. This sleek brush also has a tongue scraper and a built-in two-minute timer, so you don’t have to worry about how long you’ve been brushing.
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