Best Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes cost a whole lot more than the manual ones-some are priced at more than one hundred dollars! Consumer Reports tests to see how well these expensive toothbrushes actually work.

If you dread going to the dentist because your teeth are in bad shape, you may have been told you should use an electric toothbrush.

Dr. Steven Able, a dentist says, "Particularly we recommend electric toothbrushes when people have a history of periodontal disease or gum disease."

Consumer Reports tested 10 electric toothbrushes, brushing almost 2,000 time to find the best.

The brushes ranged in price from $15-$140.

Amy Keating of Consumer Reports says, "One convenience of many electric toothbrushes is that they have built-in timers that signal after two minutes."

Some also alert you when 30 seconds are up.

That's when it's time to move to the next quadrant of your mouth.

Keating says, "Panelists used each toothbrush for an entire week, and at the end of the week they refrained from brushing for 24 hours to build up plaque."

Then a dentist used a red dye to determine how much plaque was left.

One of the top-rated toothbrushes-the $140 Philips Sonicare FlexCare R910-removed more than 75% of plaque. It has three cleaning modes-clean, sensitive, and massage. But some panelists found the Philips Sonicare uncomfortable.

Antonietta Maggiacomo says, "I kept looking at the time. Is the two minutes over, because it was hurting so bad. It was just too much vibration."

Adam Kaplan says, "I didn't really love it."

Most panelists preferred a less expensive Oral-B toothbrush. Consumer Reports says a good one to try is the Oral-B Professional Care 1000 for $70.

This toothbrush is also sold under the name Oral-B Professional Care 7400.

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