We know what you think: Of all the gadgets you could buy this year, an electric toothbrush is probably one of the least exciting options. That said, this can also be one of the smartest purchases you make all year long.
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth thoroughly and regularly can help prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. On the other hand, oral health problems have been linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.
It's here that finding the best electric toothbrush is helpful.
To be clear: manual and electric toothbrushes are good for removing plaque, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). But here's the trap: If you're using a manual toothbrush, you're also responsible for doing all the work. In general, this means holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle while brushing the gumline, and brushing the outer, inner surfaces and surfaces of your teeth with gentle pressure for 2 minutes.
More cunning than you thought, right? This could be one of the reasons most of the dentists we spoke to had good things to say about the electric versions. "Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque and are especially useful for reaching the areas of the mouth," says Adam Salm, DMD, dentist at Madison Dental Spa. "They eliminate a lot of the mistakes that people tend to make when they brush their teeth at home and keep people on a routine." (Bonus: They're also good for people who have dexterity problems , handicaps or braces 19659002] Ready to try? We contacted five dentists across the country and asked them for their best choices – here's what they said.