Buying a toothbrush: Smart, electric brushes stand out


You probably have no idea that you aren’t brushing your teeth long enough. And you may be brushing too hard. The smartest electric toothbrushes on the market help you get the most out of every brushing session.

By the time my third child needed braces, I finally listened when the dental hygienist told us an electric toothbrush was the way to go. I always thought they were a waste of money and not really necessary. But now that I’ve seen the smart, electric side of daily brushing, I will never go back.

Electric toothbrushes remove plaque significantly better than a manual brush, according to a 2013 study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. 46 patients with braces participated in the study and researchers used digital plaque image analysis to measure effectiveness. The electric toothbrush with an oscillating-rotating head scored the best, with an electric toothbrush with a regular head coming in second…

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