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If You’re Buying an Electric Toothbrush, Go Big!

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If You’re Buying an Electric Toothbrush, Go Big!

I had to go shopping for a new electric toothbrush after my last dental exam because the lower-grade model simply wasn’t getting the job done.

If you know me, you know that there are few places on the planet I would least rather be than in a dentist’s chair.

Thanks to my successful dodging of dentists for more than a decade, I’m still paying for the error of those ways by having to visit every three months instead of every six to maintain good gum health.

Years ago, my dentist introduced me to the Sonicare electric toothbrush. My dental hygienist took that recommendation one step further: buy the Diamondclean model.

There was just one problem: that fancy version costs nearly $200 bucks.

But still, I followed orders and bought the big, fancy toothbrush.

My dental visits seemed to get progressively better. I’m one of those people who build up tartar no matter how much or how often I brush. Even with flossing, there’s still a little buildup.

But after several faithful years of service, the battery in my old Sonicare began to fail. The toothbrush would suddenly come on, rattling against its base with sonic vibrations at completely random times. I was afraid it might not be safe to keep it around given that it could shake itself off the shelf.

(On a side note, you’d be surprised how long it takes to find the source of a vibrating sound that seems to be coming through walls when you have no idea what could be causing it.)

In any case, I ended up buying a cheaper model that still happened to fit the longer brush heads the DiamondClean uses.

But I wasn’t fooling anyone. Especially the hygienist.

She told me that while she knows it’s a lot of money, the more expensive model really does do a better job. She told me she’s seen other clients use other well-known electric toothbrushes that claim to clean better, but she insists they don’t: for her, the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush w/Deep Clean Mode [affiliate link] is the ultimate electric toothbrush.

One of the things I do like about the DiamondClean model is that it has several additional cycles you can use in addition to the normal brushing cycle. There’s a “polish” option designed to help make your pearly whites whiter. But there’s also a “Gum Care” cycle that’s designed to pulsate against the gumline to increase blood flow. When I had my last DiamondClean, they did say every time that the color of my gums looked great.

So, I’m back to my fancy, more expensive toothbrush after learning the hard way that there are times when you do indeed get what you pay for.

And to be honest, my teeth do feel cleaner. So there’s that, too.

Do you use an electric toothbrush or a manual version? What’s your favorite toothpaste?

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Cathryn Smith

I use a manual brush but I’ve been considering purchasing an electric version. I’ll keep your recommendation in mind if I do purchase one!