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It’s hard to overstate the importance of oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth thoroughly and consistently can help prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. The easiest way to keep your mouth healthy without multiple trips to the dentist? Buying an electric toothbrush—and you can order one online.
To be clear: "Both manual and powered toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean teeth," says Ada S. Cooper, DDS, a New York City-based dentist and consumer advisor of the American Dental Association (ADA). But here’s the catch: If you’re using a manual toothbrush, you’re also responsible for doing all the work. In general, that means holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle while brushing the gum line, and brushing the outer, inner, and surfaces of your teeth with gentle pressure for two minutes.
Tricky, right? That's why several dentists recommend an electric brush. “Powered toothbrushes can be an important tool for people who have difficulty maneuvering a manual toothbrush," says Cooper. Adam Salm, DMD, a dentist at Madison Dental Spa. “They eliminate a lot of mistakes people tend to make when they brush at home and keep people on a routine,” he says.
Ready to give one a try? We've rounded up the best electric toothbrushes recommended by dentists to ensure your smile stays healthy, bright, and clean.