There is no denying the fact that oral hygiene plays a crucial role in our general health and there is an overwhelming amount of research to back that.
Don’t forget that almost everything our body needs to function, passes through our mouth, be it food, water, or medicines; even air, for that matter, especially when the nasal passage is blocked for some reason, as in a cold, for example.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement, then, to say that our dental well-being leads to a longer and healthier life and, most definitely, the right choice of a toothbrush has an important part to play in that.
Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes fare much better than the conventional ones when it comes to minimizing the risk of gum-related diseases and checking plaque build-up.
A 2016 study reveals that regular brushing has the potential to decelerate the advance of Alzheimer’s disease, while gum diseases can speed up the progression of mental decline many times over.
Scientifically designed electric toothbrushes with inbuilt timers, combined with the right toothpaste, go a long way in ensuring good oral hygiene and hence stronger gums and teeth and that dazzling smile we all crave so much.
Dr Toby Edwards-Lunn – a dentist who, together with Dr Mike Heffernan, wrote their “six-point guide to brushing your teeth in the most efficient and effective way” – even if you’re one of those who brushes only once in a day – told The Telegraph that today’s “technology is so good, you don’t need to put any elbow grease into it.”
“From the age of six to 96, all my patients are aided by using an electric toothbrush,” he said.
The first and foremost point that the two dentists have addressed in their six-pronged guide is “Why you should go electric,” wherein they have explained in detail why the power toothbrush is a no-brainer compared to the manual toothbrush.
“Electric toothbrushes are infinitely better at removing the sticky plaque from your teeth,” write Edwards-Lunn and Heffernan.
“And the key word here is “sticky”: plaque is designed to stick to your teeth.
It cannot simply be wiped off. It needs to be actively removed. To do this with a hand-brush requires a lot of effort – whereas an electric toothbrush will put in the elbow grease for you, leaving you free to concentrate on something equally important: your brushing technique,” explains the dental professionals.
While the electric toothbrush does play a significant role in maintaining oral health, there are other factors that are equally important, such as choice of toothpaste, brushing technique, good times to brush, and flossing.
As there are many different brands of electric toothbrushes out there on the market, choosing the right one may prove to be a bit of a dilemma, which is exactly what we have tried to address, here, by narrowing them down to our choice of top five electric toothbrushes.
Here they are, starting from number 5, all the way up to our first choice.
(5] Panasonic Sonic Vibration EW-DL82-W
The EW-DL82-W’s triple edge brush head with diamond-shaped bristles are effective in removing stains and plaque that are not as simple to remove using a conventional toothbrush.
The EW-DL82-W is capable of 31,000 brush strokes per minute, generating high-speed sonic vibrations for a clean and refreshing oral experience.
Linear sonic vibrations protect the gums by brushing horizontally along the gum lines.
It has two brushing mode options to select from; White and Soft.
The built-in brush timer allows the toothbrush to pause once every 30 seconds and twice after two minutes to indicate recommended brush time.
A full charge of 17 hours will give you 90 minutes of brush time.
Included with the EW-DL82 electric toothbrush are a charging stand and a travel case.
 Emmi Dental
Emmi Dental’s 100% ultra-sonic technology and the power of 84 million oscillations per minute ensure dazzling white teeth and strong gums.
The ultra-sonic impulses help destroy bacteria and germs, penetrating parts of your teeth and gums where bristles don’t reach.
The ultrasonic cleaning effect is further enhanced by special nano-bubbles that can be up to 1,000 times smaller, easily reaching the smallest of openings between the teeth.
 Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries
The Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries electric toothbrush has six high-performance brushing modes: Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Massage, Whitening, and Tongue Cleaning.
The pressure-sensor technology of the Pro 7000 is able to sense when you are brushing too hard and automatically slows down the brush head to the required pressure.
It can effectively remove about 300% more gum-line plaque than the old-fashioned toothbrush.
The included wireless smart guide gives you real-time information about brushing modes, times, and areas.
 Philips Sonicare 3-Series
The Philips Sonicare 3-Series rechargeable electric toothbrush comes with an efficient, easy-to-grip handle with three settings for more comfort
The cup-shaped brush head ensures a balanced clean for your gums and teeth.
Philips claims that the Sonicare 3-Series has the potential to improve gum health by up to 100% and can remove six times more gum-line plaque than an ordinary toothbrush.
A two-color battery charge indicator alerts you when it’s time to juice up the battery again; the Sonicare 3-Series boasts an incredible 3-week battery life, by the way.
 Philips Sonicare Diamondclean Sonic
The Philips Sonicare Diamondclean Sonic has five modes to take care of all your brushing needs:
- Clean mode is ideal for effective daily cleaning
- Polish mode gives you that sparkling smile
- Gum Care massages your gums for better circulation
- Sensitive mode is there for gentle but effective cleaning of sensitive gums and teeth
- White mode helps in fighting those disgusting stains.
Capable of generating 31,000 gentle, yet effective, brush strokes per minute, the powerful sonic vibrations of the Diamondclean Sonic produce enough plaque-cleaning bubbles from your toothpaste to help in deep cleaning between the teeth and along the gum line.
“Toothbrushes are as individual as automobiles. Everyone has a preference. I personally use a Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush,” says Ithaca, New York-based dentist John Comisi.
“I like its small diameter toothbrush head, with a 2-minute timer. It comes with a very convenient travel case. Overall, it is probably the electronic toothbrush I recommend most,” adds Comisi.