For an activity that’s so essential, teeth brushing is easily one of the most overlooked chores in our lives.
The twice-a-day procedure is usually accomplished half-asleep in the morning, and half-awake at night, which brings us to the importance of finding the right tool to help you get the best out of every session.
Now that there’s evidence showing that electric toothbrushes are more effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis than their manual counterparts, they’ve become increasingly popular over the years. Besides cleaning efficiency, they’re also programmed to instil good brushing habits in the long run — whether you’re a notoriously long brusher or just can’t be bothered at all.
Because the market is saturated with a ton of lingo and fancy names, we’ve scoured the web for the best — and sleekest — electric toothbrushes today. Here are some of our favourites.
Well versed in the art of perfecting smiles, Zenyum has used its expertise in dental care innovation to create the Zenyum Sonic, an electric toothbrush that looks way too chic for the common bathroom. The toothbrush was designed with the input of regional dentists, and incorporates features such as perfectly angled soft DuPont bristles that produces micro pressure bubbles for a deeper clean.
It also vibrates 10 times faster than the average electric brush to remove more plaque, and has three custom settings. If you’re an over-enthusiastic brusher, there’s a two-minute timer that’ll keep you from wearing your munchers out.
Yes, this is a pocket-burning option, but you’re essentially paying for one of the most high tech options in the market right now. With a sensor that can detect where and how you brush, the device syncs to an app that that alerts you when you’re pressing too hard or scrubbing too fast. It’ll also track how many times you’ve brushed in a day, and the parts of your mouth that need more attention. There are also settings that deal with teeth-whitening, deep cleaning, and even tongue cleaning, so you’re really getting the full package each time. Read the full review here.
With a charge that can last six months, a unique silicon brush head and a pretty chirpy design, the Foreo Issa 2 toothbrush is a worthy contender in the battery-operated toothbrush business. Instead of the usual rotating bristle brush, this one sees a pulsing silicone brush that Foreo claims is 35 times more hygienic than standard bristles. As such, the head only needs to replaced once a year — if you dare to keep it that long. The USB-chargeable toothbrush has a two-minute timer built in, with short pulses every 30 seconds letting you know that it’s time to move onto a new quadrant in your mouth.
If you value simplicity and want an ultra-sleek toothbrush, but hate the idea of having an app nag at you about dental habits, Burst is your answer. The Hollywood celebrity favourite (Chrissy Teigen and Khloe Kardashian are fans) sport charcoal bristles that go at 33,000 vibrations per minute, leaving you with healthier gums and cleaner teeth. Because the bristles and brush head are at optimal sizes, the toothbrush will fit into any mouth comfortably. The lithium battery within will also last a month per charge, so you can take it anywhere without worrying about it dying on you.
A favourite amongst dentists, this toothbrush sees bristles that quickly rotate clockwise and anti-clockwise instead of the usual back and forth, promising to remove three times more plague along the gum line in the process. The brush has a sensor that stops pulsations if you’re brushing too hard too, with an in-handle timer that signals every 30 seconds to move to a different part of your mouth.
Those well into the world of dental hygiene would’ve heard of Waterpik. Now, the famous water flosser has combined its technology into an electric toothbrush to make a single machine that can do both, together or alone. This world’s first flossing toothbrush is apparently twice as effective as compared to if you did both manually, with different water pressures available to cater to all preferences. The only downside is that it’s clearly not as portable as the others on this list, although that shouldn’t be that much of an issue this year now that travel’s on hold.