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Which toothbrushes are best?

As we discussed last time poor oral hygiene leads to build up of plaque and the bugs in this cause gum inflammation. This is why tooth brushing is so important … but what is best?

A Cochrane review showed that electric brushes are more effective at plaque removal so for this reason I would recommend one.

Main market leaders are Oral B and Philips Sonic Care. Both work in different ways and even though Cochrane review said that the technology Oral B uses is slightly better the difference is negligible.

Oral B’s are rotating oscillating – basically means that the round head with rotates and pumps up and down

Sonicare toothbrushes use a Sonic motion. This is where the bristles rapidly vibrate side to side.


What to look for:


Two-minute timer with a Quad Pacer

A quad-pacer splits the two-minute brushing timer into four 30-second intervals. This allows you to focus on brushing each quadrant of your mouth for an even brushing session. Vibration pulses notify you when it’s time to move on.

Pressure sensor

A pressure sensor will let you know if you’re brushing too hard, which can irritate the gums, causing soreness or bleeding, and over time the gums to recede and shrink back.

Lasting rechargeable battery

A rechargeable battery


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Brushes I recommend:


Oral B Pro 2 – Present price £35 – has all the above features

Sonic Care 4300 – a Little bit more at £54

Top of range ones – Oral B genius and Sonic Care Diamond Clean Smart – All singing and all dancing upwards of £200. Additional modes such as:

  • Sensitive
  • Gum Care
  • Whitening
  • Deep Clean
  • Tongue Clean
  •  USB charging

They also feature offer Bluetooth connectivity allowing the brush handle to communicate with your smartphone via an accompanying iOS and Android application.

These apps log and give real time feedback and advice on your clean.

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