The best electric toothbrush for me
Unsure what’s best for your oral hygiene? This guide will help you choose the right one for you.Shop electric toothbrushes
Are electric toothbrushes better than manual?
There’s a lot of different opinions around which is best, so we’ve listed all the benefits of an electric toothbrush to help you decide for yourself.
- Electric brushes provide more movement variations than manual for extra effective plaque removal.
- They've been shown to reduce plaque and gingivitis more than manual brushes.
- They have built-in timers and some even have technology that ensures you’re cleaning your teeth properly.
- Generally much gentler on gums.
- There’s a variety of electric toothbrushes to suit individual needs, whereas different manual types are limited.
- Better for brace wearers as they can get to plaque hidden behind brackets and wires.
- They’re also good for veneers as they won’t scratch or damage their surface.
- Can be useful for those with limited mobility. You don’t need to move as much because they do the moving for you.
How to use your electric toothbrush
Brush for a minimum of 2 mins twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste. If your dentist has recommended a particular way of brushing then follow their advice, otherwise follow the 5 simple steps below.
- After applying toothpaste, hold the brush against your teeth at a 45-degree angle.
- Start on the outer surfaces, brushing slowly along the gum line. Stay on each tooth for a few seconds.
- Move onto the inner surfaces following the same routine. Stay on the lower incisors for a little longer, where scale often forms.
- Then clean the chewing surfaces gently, taking a few secs for each tooth.
- Don’t forget the tongue! Brush in a back-to-front motion to remove food particles for fresher breath.
Features & functions
Most electric toothbrushes are rechargeable (no pesky batteries needed) and come with timers which buzz or vibrate after 30 secs, nudging you to move to a different part of the mouth. There are others which come with additional, snazzier features which we’ve called out below.
Electric toothbrush speeds
The faster the speed, the more efficient your electric toothbrush will be at breaking up plaque, so look out for the number of pulsations, rotations and vibrations. For children under 5, it's best to use a slower mode kids’ toothbrush.
Kids' electric toothbrushes
Make teeth brushing time fun!
Teaching kids the importance of teeth brushing can be tricky. The Disney MagicTimer app transforms it from a chore to a game! The longer they brush, the more secret images are revealed so more dedication rewards are earned. With incentives like that, they’ll always look forward to teeth-cleaning time.
Rotate, vibrate, pulsate or oscillate?
There are so many motions available on the market, and having plenty of options is great, but what do they all mean?