Of all the power or electric toothbrushes on the market, which are those that dentists say are best for you?
A power toothbrush can make major differences to the cleanliness and plaque-free situation of your teeth, combing with flossing to provide the ultimate in dental health.
And choosing the correct toothbrush involves a combination of personal preference and sheer efficiency. An electric toothbrush will do far more than just clean your teeth, but will also ensure they are cleaned properly, hitting the right hard-to-reach spots and providing greater effect than a standard toothbrush you might buy from the drug store.
We checked with published data and information published by reliable sources who checked with dentists about their top toothbrush recommendations.
Here are some brushes that come with dentists’ recommendation
Foreo ISSA 2 Toothbrush
The ISSA Toothbrush by Foreo has a pulsing silicone brush that the company claim is 35 times more hygienic than standard bristles on a brush. Further the brush head needs to be replaced only once a year and the charge lasts up to six months.
“The ISSA Toothbrush by Foreo is a breakthrough in battery-operated toothbrushes,” says Gregg Lituchy, (left) a dentist at Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor in New York City. Instead of the usual rotating bristle brush, the newly-released ISSA 2 uses a pulsing silicone brush that the company claims is 35 times more hygienic than standard bristles. The head needs to be replaced just once a year and the charge lasts about 6 months. (Plus: For a limited time, Health readers can save 20% on this toothbrush with the code HEALTH20
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare has emerged as one of the most dominant brands in the electric toothbrush industry, for good reason. Both dentists we spoke to voiced their preference for Sonicare toothbrushes, both for their own personal home use and as the brand they recommend most often to patients in their practice
John Comisi, a dentist based in Ithaca, New York. “I like its small diameter toothbrush head, with a 2-minute timer. It comes with a very convenient travel case. Overall, it is probably the electronic toothbrush I recommend most.”
“..the Sonicare’s up/down vibrating motion tackles more teeth at one time”, says Colorado dentist Gabija Revis “The DiamondClean model also sports many of the features of power brushes that dentists favor most, including a timer that notifies users that they’ve brushed for the recommended two minutes.
“My favorite electric toothbrush is from Rotadent,” says Kourosh Maddhi, a cosmetic dentist based in Beverly Hills, Calif. “It has very soft bristles, thus minimizing damage to the gum.” The brush automatically shuts off after 2 and a half minutes of use, and the charge lasts up to 3 weeks.
Oral-B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun
“I like the Oral B Braun brush for its circumferential action on the tooth surface,” says David Tecosky, a Philadelphia-based dentist. A pressure sensor lets you know when you’re brushing too hard, and an in-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to signal that it’s time to move to a different part of your mouth
Philips Sonicare Flexcare Plus Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
“My favorite toothbrush is, by far, the Sonicaretoothbrush,” says Laurence Grayhills, president-elect of the Florida Acadamy of General Dentistry in Wellington, Florida.
“It oscillates back and forth at a frequency of about 20,000 cycles per second (that’s faster than I can do with my hand and manual toothbrush). While most toothbrushes require mechanical contact with the tooth surface to remove plaque, the Sonicare operates at such a high frequency that it creates a cavitational force that blasts plaque off the teeth without actually touching the tooth.
There are different brush-heads for various applications, which increases the versatility of the device. To add to the functionality it has a built-in quadrant timer so that people use the device for the recommended brushing time.”
Philips Sonicare Flexcare
While not all the features offered by high-end electric toothbrushes are useful, UV sanitizing functions (which sterilize brushes between uses) can come in handy, especially if you have a small bathroom.
Doniger says you might want to consider one if your bathroom set-up makes it more likely germs will collect near your sink, or if your toilet is less than 6 feet away from where you keep your toothbrushes. “Since [6 feet] is geographically impossible in some bathrooms, the UV sanitizing feature is nice,” Doniger says. “I have a separate UV sanitizer for my brushes.”