The best review of electric toothbrushes you could possibly find!

This month my blog is a bit different. After I posted my blog last month I was contacted by Elizabeth from She told me that she herself had recently changed to an electric toothbrush due to brushing too hard, and that her team had recently carried out a review of electric toothbrushes. She asked if I would reference it in my blog. I had a look at the link and I was so impressed at what a thorough, accurate and informative review it was that I said I wanted to devote a whole blog article to it.

In order to carry out the review her team sought advice from the American Dental Association, and the Cochrane Collaboration (an independent global network of researchers); two great sources of unbiased high quality advice. They then tested and reviewed 70 models of electric toothbrush. Yes 70! I didn’t know there were that many models out there. Her team must have the cleanest teeth going right now!

From the initial 70 they came up with a short list of the top 7 models. All of these models are Oral B and Philips Sonicare brands. I whole heartedly agree with their findings and these are the two brands I always recommend to patient. These two brands have carried out by far the most research and product development of all electric toothbrush manufacturers. I have used both myself and found both to be excellent.

The review highlights some of the most important features. I agree that quad pacers are very important. This is a timer feature that gives a buzz every 30 seconds allowing you to ensure you devote adequate time to each area, upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left, with the total recommended brushing time of two minutes. Long battery life is another of their most important features and for convenience this is really important. Luckily battery life time has improved with successive models. The risk with a short battery life is that you keep finding it’s flat so resort back to using a manual toothbrush. Small head is another highlighted feature. A smaller head allows you to access all areas properly. I tend to find cheap toothbrushes, electric and manual, often have heads that are too large. Pressure sensors are really useful for those who tend to brush too hard. Though if you brush too hard with an electric brush you are really missing the point as you don’t ‘brush’ as such with an electric toothbrush. You hold it over the teeth and the motor does all the work.

The review correctly points to evidence from the Cochrane Collaboration that electric toothbrush use is linked to lower plaque levels and less gum inflammation. There is no doubt in my mind that for most patients, an electric toothbrush will aid better oral hygiene.

I really can’t recommend this review enough. It gives such detailed and useful information that is of relevance to everyone in an easy to read and easy to understand format. So please do check it out at