Oral B brushes are always amongst the top-rated. Their best feature is the small rounded head, which can help to brush in tight spaces.
If you have braces fixed to your teeth, the Oral B toothbrush works around them. If you use clear aligners, the small brush head can fit inside to clean them properly.
Another top feature is the Oral B Pressure Sensor. Many
people brush too hard, which can lead to permanent gum damage. With an electric
toothbrush, hard pressure isn’t needed to achieve an effective clean. The Smart
4 toothbrush will light up if you’re brushing your teeth too hard, which is a
valuable warning for those that might not be aware of their own strength.
Oral B toothbrushes can help with whitening, and the Smart 4
has a mode just for this. The toothbrush is also rechargeable, so you don’t
need to buy extra batteries.
The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean brush using sonic
side-to-side movements, rather than rotations or vibrations. These fast
movements clear away plaque, with five modes including gum care and deep clean.
If you’re a frequent traveller, this electric toothbrush may
be the right choice for you. It’s provided with a standard charger, and also a
USB charging case that you can use on the go.
The Sonicare toothbrush comes with a Quad Pacer. Your two-minute brushing session will be split into four sections, helping you to focus on each quarter of your mouth. At the end of your two minutes, a final timer tells you that it’s time to stop brushing. The deep clean mode adds an extra minute, for times when your teeth need more attention.
A bit of an outsider, the Xiaomi Mi earns a place amongst the
best brushes. You might not have heard of Xiaomi, though this Chinese company
is becoming increasingly well-known for its high-spec budget smartphones. Their
toothbrush follows the same pattern, bringing top of the range features to a
product that’s very affordable.
There are 6 sensors within the Xiaomi toothbrush. These
record the duration of cleaning, and which part of the mouth you’ve been
brushing. Connecting by Bluetooth, this brush generates reports to show you how
well you’ve been doing. See your personalised score, and tips to help you get
more from each brushing session.
Everything connects to an app, so you can customise your brush timer and set a 10-second starting delay. You can even see, on your phone, how much battery power is left. The rechargeable battery should last around 2 weeks for a new brush.
The final addition to our ‘Top Electric Brushes’, the Sonic
Chic Urban is not a brush for everyday use. Instead, this handy travel brush is
great for when you’re away.
Don’t expect this brush to give you a shining white smile.
The quality isn’t on par with the other toothbrushes on our list. But, it
benefits from being small and lightweight. It has its own lid for hygienic
The Sonic Chic electric brush is small enough to keep in your bag. You don’t need any extra accessories or a bulky travel case. Just pop the lid on, put it in your bag and carry it to your hotel.
If you’re worried about carrying your expensive electric
toothbrush, or if you want something small and easy to carry, then the Sonic
Chic toothbrush could be perfect. Buy it as an addition, not as your only
powered toothbrush. It’ll help you to keep up your electric toothbrush
cleaning, even on a weekend away.
The Sonic Chic brush also comes in a variety of colours and
patterns, which means that you can choose a brush to suit your style. It’s also
ideal for families, so that everyone knows which is theirs.
If choosing a toothbrush is a challenge, then you might also
struggle to find the best toothpastes. There are hundreds on offer, promising
all sorts of things from whiter teeth to long-term plaque resistance.
Here’s our guide to some of the best toothpastes to add to
your bathroom shelf:
Pearl Drops toothpastes were very popular through the 1990s.
Now, their brand is not as well-known though their products are amongst the
Pearl Drops now sells specialist whitening toothpastes. Their Pro White 4D is formulated for effective teeth whitening and could be five times more effective than a regular whitening toothpaste.
When you start using Pearl Drops, you’ll need to brush three
times a day. This helps to remove stubborn stains, whilst protecting and
polishing your teeth. After six weeks, you can return to usual twice-a-day
You can no longer find Pearl Drops in stores, so you will
need to buy it online.
Scobuty toothpaste comes in a pump dispenser. This baking
soda toothpaste has whitening effects, made with natural herbs and fresh mint.
The pump dispenser makes it easy to control how much
toothpaste you use. If you struggle with traditional toothpaste tubes, then you
might find this really useful. This is also a hygienic option, for families
that share their toothpaste.
Scobuty toothpaste is a great choice for people that struggle
with bad breath. It neutralises the scents of cigarettes, coffee and other
strong scents and odours.
For something a bit different, why not swap your traditional
toothpaste with Georganics Toothpowder?
All of the ingredients in this product are completely natural
and organic. This is one of the best toothpastes for vegans. It naturally
whitens teeth, removing stains that come from food and drink. Even the jar is
recyclable, made from glass with an aluminium lid.
To use this product, wet your toothpaste and dip it in the
powder in the jar. This is not one to share with other people. A little goes a
long way, which means that one small jar should last for up to 8 weeks.
If you don’t like the fresh peppermint flavour, this
Georganics toothpaste also comes in an orange option.
Euthymol’s old-fashioned packaging will either catch your eye or make you scroll straight past it. But, its antiseptic ingredients make it a top toothpaste choice.
Euthymol has a distinctively strong and quite medical taste,
that will make you feel confident it’s working. It protects against plaque and
keeps gums in top condition, leaving your mouth with a tingling freshness.
If you suffer from regular mouth ulcers, the antiseptic
ingredients in Euthymol toothpaste could help to stop them in their tracks.
It’s also effective against the early signs of gum disease.
This has been one of the best toothpastes for more than 100
years, launched in the 1800s and still going strong today.
The last in our list of best toothpastes, OraMD is somewhat
different from the rest. Rather than a paste, you’re purchasing a liquid that
works as a 3-in-1 product.
Use OraMD as a toothpaste by adding 2-5 drops to your brush.
It also works as a mouthwash and breath freshener, when you mix the product
OraMD has an extremely strong and fresh minty taste that can feel overpowering. But, over time, you should get used to the flavour. OraMD combats gum disease, bad breath and the build-up of plaque.
If you’re trying OraMD for the first time, this product can
take some getting used to. It doesn’t foam or froth, which at first will make
it feel ineffective. After you’ve brushed, you should find that your teeth feel
clean and smooth.
If you have a water flosser, you can add a few drops of OraMD
to the tank. This can strengthen your flossing routine, and help with
long-lasting fresh breath. As this product is natural, it can also be used when
rinsing clear aligners or dentures.
Finding the right toothbrush and toothpaste is not quite as
easy as it seems. But, by considering your own goals and aims, you should find
the products that best meet your needs.
It’s always worth investing in good dental health. The higher
priced brushes and toothpastes are certainly worth it. That said, if you’re on
a tight budget, there are many great affordable products.