These are the Best Electric Toothbrushes, According to Dentists

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There are few things we're absolutely certain of. On the short list: that virtually every dentist will recommend an electric toothbrush over a manual one. Between the ability to keep our gums in tip-top shape and clean better than our hands ever could, sonic options will always be favored. But with a new, trendy brushes being launched by the day, which should we trust? Is every sonic-powered brush dentist-approved? Luckily, when we asked top cosmetic dentists which options were worth our investment, their responses were widely unanimous. 

“Electric toothbrushes are the way to go,” contend Pelham, NY cosmetic dentists Dr. Alexander E. Vaiman and Dr. Irina V. Kessler. Their brushes of choice: Oral-B and Philips Sonicare. Echoing this response, San Francisco cosmetic dentist Swati Agarwal, DDS says her two favorite brushes are also Oral-B and Philips Sonicare. While both options boast high-performing similarities, there are a few differentiators that may help if you’re torn between the two.

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“Oral-B electric brushes have oscillating, rotating and pulsating powers that make it easy for you to get the best clean feeling every time you brush,” explains New York cosmetic dentist Husam Almunajed, DDS of the brand's notable circular brush heads (this allows for the brush to move rotate across the teeth for a deeper clean). Another benefit? “With the different brush heads available, you can get individualized care, removing more plaque in hard-to-reach areas while gently massaging and stimulating your gums.”

Boulder, CO cosmetic dentist Lori Kemmet, DDS is a big Sonicare fan and recommends the brand to her patients. “Sonicare uses sonic technology and a gentle sweeping motion that’s ideal for those with sensitive teeth or gums,” says Dr. Agarwal. While every option from the brand are dentist-approved options, New York City cosmetic dentist Marc Lowenberg, DDS is playing favorites. “One in particular that I really like is the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Connected Toothbrush ($200),” he says. “It’s a great innovation where your brush is linked to an app and gives you live feedback while you are brushing. It tells you if the pressure you are exerting is adequate for the pressure setting you’ve chosen and also has a timer. Plus, it gives feedback for the areas you haven’t cleaned well and also has the ability to send a feedback report to your dentist.”

Another point dentists will agree on: there’s no wrong choice between the two. If you have additional questions on which sonic toothbrush is right for your specific needs, be sure to ask your dentist at your next appointment.