There are two brands that dominate the electric toothbrush market: Oral-B, known for its oscillating brushes, and Philips Sonicare, famous for sonic brushes. We scoured best-of lists from sites like Engadget and Dental Dorks, and consumer reviews on Amazon to find the most highly-rated toothbrushes from each brand. We made sure to include brushes spanning a wide range of features and price points. We also brought in their most popular options suitable for young children — colorful, easy-to-hold brushes that play songs. To see if some lesser-known brands could compete with the two industry giants, we also included top-rated toothbrushes from some aspiring industry disrupters, like Foreo, Greater Goods and Jim Ellis.
Toothbrushes are a fertile breeding ground for a number of strains of viruses and bacteria including the ones that cause the common cold and influenza. For this reason, the National Dental Association suggests that you replace your toothbrush every three months and clean it thoroughly at least once a week. Here are a few ways to do that:
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Streptococci, staphylococci and treponema denticola – these are just a few names of the different bacteria that exist in the average mouth every day. It is estimated that most people’s mouths have literally millions of these organisms thriving just on the surfaces of the teeth. Having an abundance of bacteria is a contributor to tooth decay and gum disease, so keeping an environment less friendly to the harmful bacteria is one way to promote oral health.
“So satisfied with this electric toothbrush: It’s my favorite fancy-pink color, has a super-amazing design, and is very convenient to use. It has a very powerful cleaning system. After brushing, my teeth feel so clean, and it can effectively improve gum and oral health. Great product!”
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I can’t really say how effective this is at killing germs as I have no idea how to test that, but let take the packaging at its word. How important is killing all those germs? I can’t say as I’m not a doctor either. I guess I use this product as a seat belt, just in case.
If you are lucky, your Philips Sonicare will fail while still under guarantee, and they will replace it. Our experience was it failed just after the guarantee expired. Knowing we liked it, someone bought us another one. Guess, what, it too failed (just within guarantee).
Dental hygiene across Canada is a well-respected career with many opportunities. These possibilities include working in clinical, administration, education, research and public health positions. The wages vary throughout the country; from approximately $32 per hour in some areas to as high as $55 per hour in others. A surplus of new dental hygiene graduates in recent years has resulted in a decrease in wages in some regions.
You mention the 4100, which seems to be priced (on the Sonicare website) more along the lines of the Sonicare 2 and 3. Sonicare has a history of producing toothbrushes aimed at specific lower-end price points and we’re not so sure those are the right brushes for us. We’ll have more to say in a week or two.
[Frequency is measured in Hertz (hz) and it’s units are cycles per second. One brush stroke (either up or down) equals 1/2 cycle, so the number above must be divided by 2. And then, of course, there are 60 seconds per minute, so the number above also needs to be divided by 60.]
One argument in favor of electric toothbrushes is that they do such a good work, that eventually you will save money by not going to the dentist as often. While this is a far stretched argument, there is some truth to that statement. Realistically speaking, a solid sonic toothbrush should be able to keep your teeth in good health. Considering you are using it twice a day with no cheat days. Keeping your teeth healthy can, in fact, lower your visits to the dental clinic considerably.
If you want an electric toothbrush with every top-of-the-line feature, the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Sonic Electric Toothbrush is an excellent choice. The toothbrush uses a simple two-button interface and includes some technique-improving features, like a pressure sensor that lets you know when you’re brushing too hard. In addition, it also has a compatible app that displays a 3D model of teeth to help track your brushing progress in real-time. It even displays an alert if your brushing strokes are too wide — a common technique flaw. The greatest downside is the $165 price tag. But if you’re looking for the most advanced toothbrush on the market, the DiamondClean is for you.
The DiamondClean Smart line has been introduced. These brushes can be considered to be Sonicare’s top-of-the-line models, with a hefty price to match. As you’d expect, they can be used with a Sonicare brushing app on your smartphone.
Sonicare brushes can offer up to 31,000 strokes per minute so the ProResults GUm Health head has been designed to take advantage of this to effectively clean tooth surfaces that bristles can reach and into deeper gaps between teeth.
These are cheap toothbrushes. Not cheap in a good way, cheap as in cheaply-made. I never thought I would care that much about the quality of a toothbrush but as soon as I picked one up I thought the handle was too thin, too light, not flexible enough and had poor grip. They’re made to look like they have rubberized grips but that’s just colored plastic. The bristles are way too firm and brushing feels harsh. After a week of using this toothbrush my gums were feeling sensitive from the abuse. So these are going in the garbage. I think there is value to a more expensive and higher quality toothbrush.
Working side-by-side with a dentist, your main concern will be preventative oral health care, cleaning patients’ teeth and educating them about caring for their teeth and gums. You’ll provide advice for the use of the best oral care equipment, and you’ll use a variety of tools to clean and polish teeth, including scrapers, ultrasonic, power and laser devices. You’ll also take and develop X-rays and document your patient’s treatment and new and ongoing issues.
Currently, there is no research that supports the notion that more settings and modes provide a better cleaning. However, it is a good enough reason for manufacturers to offer such toothbrushes at a higher price.
It’s unfortunate there isn’t better information on the possible benefits of the “sonic” cleaning action. If I read correctly, the difference is ~30k per minute frequency vs ~3k per minute, the higher frequency naturally being accompanied by smaller vibration amplitudes. It’s easy to imagine that as the brush head moves over a surface, each point on that surface is “agitated” many more times, on a different scale of movement, making for a radically different mechanical cleaning action.
I’ve used regular toothbrushes my entire life, but at the recommendation of my new dentist, I looked into an electric tooth brush. I asked my dentist if she had a recommendation, but she more or less said that any electric toothbrush will likely be better than a manual toothbrush, but that she personally uses a Sonicare tooth brush that’s a few years old. With that in mind, down the rabbit hole if internet researching I went.
Dr. McConnell and Casper agree that electric toothbrushes are better instruments, in large part because they’re less “technique-sensitive” than manual brushes. Electric toothbrushes give more consistent results because they clean teeth in a more consistent manner.
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The Pro 1000 series has a charging indicator, a low-battery indicator, and a simple closed charging system that allows you to just drop the brush in place, much like this one found on the Deep Sweep model. Photo: Casey Johnston
The most distinguishing feature of the Foreo is the brush head that uses antibacterial silicon bristles. The rubbery silicone nubs not only feel great against your teeth and gums, but they also last up to 3 times longer than standard brush heads that use nylon bristles. The difference between the regular Issa model and the Hybrid series is that the latter uses a combination of silicon and PBT polymer.
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease and other problems (e.g. bad breath) by regular brushing and cleaning between the teeth. It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis to enable prevention of dental disease. The most common types of dental disease are tooth decay (cavities, dental caries) and gum diseases, including gingivitis, and periodontitis. Regular brushing consists of brushing twice a day: after breakfast and before going to bed. Cleaning between the teeth is called interdental cleaning and is as important as tooth brushing. This is because a toothbrush cannot reach between the teeth and therefore only cleans 50% of the surfaces. There are many tools to clean between the teeth, including floss, flossettes, and interdental brushes. It is up to each individual to choose which tool he or she prefers to use.
We probably don’t need to tell you, but plaque is oral health enemy number one. During the day it builds up on and between your teeth. It leads to tartar, cavities and gum disease so you need to remove it daily to keep your teeth healthy.
What we’re saying here is that we do think the list above does accurately reflect the comparative effectiveness of each type of replacement brush head. But as to the actual values (multiples of 10X, 7X, etc… over manual brushing), we’re very hesitant to place much faith in what they seem to state.
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Foreo’s products are easily distinguished by their vibrant colors. Their Issa toothbrush makes no exception. Available in vivacious lavender, bright yellow, cobalt blue, dark blue and black colors, this toothbrush will beautify any bathroom cabinet.
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“I’ve never spent more than $15 on a toothbrush before, even then, that’s rare, as I kind of always just used the ones my dentist provided for free every visit. I’ve never even seen a toothbrush like this or would’ve ever imagined one could be so expensive. So I looked at the reviews and pried away my wallet that was holding onto me for dear life, and decided to invest in this. And it’s changed my world (or at least the cleanliness of my teeth). Every time I brushed my teeth, it felt like going to the dentist and having them cleaned professionally. The first three times I used this, my gums bled like it was no one’s business. But the instant I was done, I could already feel that my teeth were smoother than the guy that invented pickup lines. I still haven’t figured out how to use the timer, or how to get the app, or even figure out why it has or how to use the Bluetooth, but I love this toothbrush.”
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At minimum a concern involving the possibility of repair would be if the water-tight nature of the brush is compromised. If so, it’s only a matter of time until internal problems develop. We would think Sonicare customer service would be the right place to start with your issue.
Thank you Tracy! As a hygienist I was hoping someone with some sense would comment on this ridiculous post. But who knows, maybe it really was meant to be a big joke? ? you gotta love the before and after pictures too. I’m pretty sure all that calculus just magically melted away with baking soda and orange peels. Why haven’t we just been using this home remedy all along? I work my fingers to the bone scraping this off all day long the hard way. Who knew??
Thank you for the time you took to research and write this article. You answered every question I had and would have taken me hours to research on my own. I now know what I need and more importantly what I don’t need. Thanks again for all your help.
Back in the day inventors were happy when they got to the point of running electricity through a toothbrush. This, however, is no longer the case. Just like technology did not stop with one kind of smartphone, it did not stop with one kind of motor-powered toothbrush. The continuous consumer demand for better and newer products has shaped the dental health industry into one of the largest in the USA.
My dentist recommended a Sonicare to me after a horrendous cleaning back in late ’99/early ’00. It must have been the top-of-the-line at the time, as it was $90 his price to clients and he said that was heavily discounted. It lasted about 2 weeks between chargings (lithium ion) for years, but has slowly degenerated to requiring almost daily charging. So now I’m in the market for a replacement, and, like other commenters, can’t believe the number of models available! Having gotten great value out of the last one, I’ll definitely buy another Sonicare, probably the HealthyWhite+. Your research and approach are much appreciated, so a big thank you!
The sonic action, also known as the acoustic streaming action, was first introduced in 1983. Since then it has been improved to produce up to 40,000 brush strokes per minute. At such speed, the energy waves of pressure allow the above-mentioned bubbles and fluid molecules to reach areas between the teeth that are not accessible to bristles. The action of acoustic streaming is arguably said to go some 4mm beyond the reach of regular bristles. Technically, this means that sonic toothbrushes are capable of removing plaque from beneath the gum line.