Top dentists agree on only one thing
9dream studio/shutterstock Besides never forgetting to brush your teeth, the second rule dentists agree on could easily be: The best toothbrush you can use is an electric one. “Research studies have shown that powered toothbrushes reduce plaque and gingivitis more than manual tooth brushing,” says Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA of the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas, “and clinically speaking, in our own office we’ve truly seen improvements with electric brushes. Patients who made the switch routinely come back in 6 months with cleaner mouths.”
As an added bonus, electric toothbrushing enables a larger population to effectively clean their teeth, according to Anastasia Turchetta, who has been practicing as a Registered Dental Hygienist for the past 29 years. “Some people have trouble with dexterity,” Turchetta explains. Certain medical conditions or simply the effects of aging could make it difficult for people to “not only to grasp the handle but maneuver the brush to reach all the surfaces of all the teeth.” Failure to do so isn’t just a matter of dental health, she points out as well. Improper dental hygiene can lead to bone loss, loss of teeth, or even loss of life.”
So, when the question became which the best electric toothbrush, here are the names we heard.
Philips Sonicare Toothbrush
To Dr. Alvarez, the specific version isn’t important. What is important is that with any Sonicare toothbrush, you’re getting 31,000 brush strokes per minute (compare that with 200 by a manual toothbrush!), which is the same frequency as the professional ultrasonic instruments he uses in the office. And that sonic energy pushes between the teeth and under the gumline in a way that no other brush can do. “What the sonic effect does also is to disrupt cell membranes of the bacteria found on the teeth and gums. And that goes a long way toward destroying the bacteria,” adds Lance Loveless, DDS, LVIF of Austin’s BridgeView Dental.
Another fan of the Philips Sonicare brand is Mountain View, California, dentist Steven Lin, DDS, whose upcoming book, The Dental Diet (because, as he says, “nutrition is the number one way to have strong healthy teeth) is slated for a January 2018 release. “After trying one a few years ago, I feel it gives my enamel its cleanest feel. Beyond just conventional tooth scrubbing, Sonicare brushes are said to create a secondary fluid dynamic that helps to disrupt dental plaque beyond where the tips of its bristles actually touch.” In addition, throughout the various brushes in the Sonicare collection, you can find such features as:
- Two-minute timer with 30-second intervals, which is a must since you should be brushing for a two minutes
- Long-term durability; the heads have to be replaced every three months and do end up lasting that long
- Excellent battery durability (up to a two-week charge)
- Easy and comfortable grip
- Easy to use controls
- Comfortable brush size
- Massage modes
- Sensitivity modes
- Whitening settings (speaking of teeth-whitening, here are some awesome tips from dental professionals).
All of that being said, some of the dentists we spoke to did have their own particular favorites from the Sonicare line.