4 of the best electric toothbrushes

Eufemia Didonato

I have an irrational fear of going to the dentist. As in; I become extremely anxious and nervous before my appointment. I have been known to cry while at the dentist, and I often feel as if I cannot breathe, or that the saliva in my mouth is going to […]

I have an irrational fear of going to the dentist. As in; I become extremely anxious and nervous before my appointment. I have been known to cry while at the dentist, and I often feel as if I cannot breathe, or that the saliva in my mouth is going to choke me if I can’t swallow during cleanings or when having cavities filled. I don’t know where this phobia originated as I have no memories of any especially painful dental experiences.

I do, though, recall unpleasant interactions with dentists over the years. One that stands out is being told that I needed to have the gap between my front teeth fixed. My particular gap, caused by the frenulum (muscle tissue) growing between my front teeth, has no adverse medical effects. It’s simply cosmetic. My mom had it fixed when I was young but the frenulum grew back over the years and now I consider it part of me. In fact, I kind of like my front tooth gap.

My current dentist, Dr. Roytberg at Waverly Place Dental has never insisted I needed to do anything about my front tooth gap. I’ve been going to him for about five years now and he has managed to somehow ease my anxiety and stress. I no longer feel like crying when at his office (something I’m sure he appreciates also). I attribute this to him never adamantly lecturing me on dental care and always making sure my gums and nerves are adequately numbed, even during routine cleanings. I won’t go so far as to say I enjoy going to the dentist but my visits to Dr. Roytberg are never unpleasant. Everyone at Waverly Place is kind and helpful with suggestions to make my experience even better (meaning: less stressful for me).

All of the dental hygienists there recommend GUM soft picks as well as flossing to clean between my teeth. And they always ask if I’m using an electric toothbrush. I wasn’t, until a couple of years ago. 

GUM-6505A Soft-Picks Advanced Dental Picks




As far as which electric toothbrush is the best; the one that you’ll actually use tops the list. The American Dental Association gives its seal of acceptance to a variety of rechargeable toothbrushes including the ones below.

Quip Electric Toothbrush

quip Adult Electric Toothbrush




The Quip is a simple, straightforward electric toothbrush for people who don’t want (or need) another app to keep up with. It’s lightweight with a head of round-tipped bristles shaped like your favorite non-powered brush.

Since it’s powered by an AAA battery, there are no wires or chargers to wrangle, either. And, the handy travel cover doubles as a mirror mount or stand. Like most other power toothbrushes available, it has a two-minute timer (the recommended amount of time to brush your teeth) and vibrates to mark every 30 seconds of brushing so you know when you should move on to another quadrant.

Oral B Pro 1000

Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush




The Oral B Pro 1000 is another fairly simple toothbrush but with a 3-D oscillating head that turns and pulses to break up the plaque on your teeth. It has a pressure sensor that will halt the pulsating movement if you press too hard. The in-handle timer alerts you when you’ve brushed your pearly whites for the recommended two minutes.

This brush comes with what Oral B calls a “cross action” head where the bristles, angled at 16 degrees, are designed to surround each tooth. It’s also compatible with other brush heads including 3D White, Sensitive Clean, Precision Clean, FlossAction, TriZone, Deep Sweep, ProWhite, Ortho, PowerTip, and Dual Clean.

Because I become overwhelmed with too many choices, I tend to stick with whatever ships with an item but if you like to experiment and test things out, Oral B gives you a good assortment from which to choose.

Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 6100

Philips Sonicare – ProtectiveClean 6100 Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare


According to reviewers and a person (me) with sensitive gums, this rechargeable toothbrush from Philips is one of the gentlest (in all three of its modes: clean, white, and gum care). There are also three intensities to choose from but even in the highest setting, I don’t find the pressure to be too much.

Like the other electric toothbrushes mentioned, there’s a two-minute timer. It also has a thirty-second indicator for each quad and a brush head replacement indicator – which I find especially useful. 

Oral B io Series 9

Oral-B iO Series 9 Electric Toothbrush with 3 Replacement Brush Heads, Black Onyx




If you like some A.I. with your teeth cleaning, the Oral B iO series is for you. The companion app provides coaching in real-time as you brush. The integrated A.I. tracks where you’re brushing and lets you know if you’ve missed any spots.

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