If you’re still holding on to your manual toothbrush, it might be time to officially give it up. While the American Dental Association recommends either an electric or manual for cleaning your chompers, some studies suggest you’re better off opting for an electric option.
A comprehensive review of electric toothbrushes published in 2014 found they were better at reducing plaque and preventing gingivitis than a manual toothbrush. A 2019 study from Germany found similar results. After following a sample of nearly 3,000 participants over an 11-year period, the study confirmed an electric toothbrush can reduce cavities and periodontal disease.
But that’s not the only reason to make the swap: Health readers’ favorite electric toothbrush, the Oral-B Pro 1000, is on sale for just $40 right now. The popular pick uses an oscillating-rotating head to remove 300 times more plaque from the gumline than a manual toothbrush, according to the brand.
Manual toothbrushes aren’t the only designs the Amazon best-seller surpasses in performance. A 2013 study concluded that a rotating toothbrush is more efficient at reducing plaque and gingivitis than a sonic toothbrush powered by vibrations. It’s a key reason why Philadelphia-based dentist David Tecosky previously recommended the pick to Health, along with its pressure sensor and built-in timer.
The first of these smart features prevents users from brushing too hard by stopping pulsations when too much pressure is applied, while the latter beeps every 30 seconds to indicate when it’s time to move to the next quadrant of the mouth. The rechargeable toothbrush also works with a range of toothbrush heads including options for sensitive gums and whitening.
The affordable toothbrush has garnered over 16,000 perfect ratings from shoppers with braces, implants, and gum disease. The common consensus is this design is so good, it’s impossible to go back to a manual option after trying it. Shoppers also say it not only makes teeth feel extra clean, but leaves them looking whiter, too.
“I bought this because my dentist said I brush ‘too aggressively’ and that an electric toothbrush would help,” wrote a reviewer. “Within a week my teeth were noticeably whiter and felt so much cleaner. It really polishes and cleans [your teeth] like the dentist. I can't believe i didn't get one sooner. I will never be without one now.”
Another agreed: “My teeth have been through some pretty rough times. I am a heavy coffee and wine drinker. In one use I already feel a huge difference from using a standard brush. My teeth feel as clean as getting it done by the dentist.”
Needless to say, this toothbrush needs a spot in your next Amazon order—just be sure to place it before the 20% off discount disappears.
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