When we spoke to eight dentists about the electric toothbrushes they’d recommend, they explained that there are three features you should look out for: soft bristles, a pressure sensor, and a timer. For those reasons, this basic rechargeable model from Oral-B was among their favourites. Happily, it’s also reduced to £35 from £80.
“Hard-bristled toothbrushes are wonderful if you’re going to clean the grout from your bathroom tile, but they’re not for use in the mouth,” says dentist Matt Messina, who explains that harder bristles can damage gums and enamel. Brushing too hard can do the same, which is why dentist Inna Chern likes brushes with pressure sensors that beep or stop moving when you’re being too aggressive to “eliminate the possibility of overzealous brushing.” Finally, the two-minute timer, which vibrates every 30 seconds when it’s time to move to the next quadrant of your mouth, ensures you brush for enough time.
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