We brush our teeth twice a day, yet we might not be paying enough attention to the daily habit that can prevent a rather costly trip to the dentist. Here’s how to make a healthier and smarter switch for the sake of your oral hygiene.

How you get your pearly whites shining brightly is a matter of personal preference. Regular manual toothbrushes will do the trick if used correctly and with the appropriate amount of pressure. But what if there was an easier and more thorough way to brush your teeth? Thanks to trusty technology and scientific research, there is.

Electric toothbrushes as a whole aren’t the breakthrough phenomenon we’re referring to. They’ve been around for a while, and a lot of people already have one sitting atop their bathroom vanity. But is it the right electronic toothbrush?

The beauty and the plaque

So what are you really meant to be doing for a deep clean every day? Let’s start with the obvious: removing plaque. Plaque is a biofilm of bacteria that sticks to the teeth, predominantly from the gum line.

Aside from it being less than pretty, plaque is quite dangerous because it keeps acidity on your teeth, breaking down your enamel over time and resulting in tooth decay. It also can produce a bad case of gingivitis, causing tender, bleeding and swollen gums. In sum, eliminate plaque!

What most people neglect is cleaning the tongue – a common cause of bad breath. Scrubbing your tongue with the soft bristles of your toothbrush gets rid of bad bacteria and morning breath!

Aside from the toothpaste you use, the toothbrush itself can also improve the whitening process of your teeth. Other things to consider are sensitivity and changing the head of your tooth brush regularly.

The top toothbrush choices

Once you know what’s involved in a proper clean, the more important part is executing it. There’s a certain amount of time you should be brushing your teeth, at a particular pressure and with concise navigation.

It can all be a bit too much for children, the elderly and basically anyone with a busy morning or late night.

Let us introduce you to some of the top toothbrushes that’ll give you the dentist-type clean with a difference.

Oral-B’s GENIUS Electric Toothbrush

The toothbrush range is exactly that – genius. With two models, GENIUS 8000 and GENIUS 9000, you can pick between a rechargeable, extra-long battery life or a dual charging system that revives your toothbrush and smartphone using one outlet!

Either way, you’ll be getting one powerful tool.

The round brush head is professionally-inspired to remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The innovative design surrounds each tooth as it rotates and pulsates to effectively break up the plaque.

There are also customisable cleaning modes so that you can choose between Gum Care, Whitening, Sensitive and more. It caters to your preference in target and intensity, and even responds when you’re brushing too hard! The Pressure Sensor protects your gums from the damage of over-brushing by slowing down the pulsations and stopping them entirely if necessary.

You’ll also know if you’re applying too much pressure when the multifunctional 360˚ SmartRing begins to illuminate. The SmartRing is visible from every angle as you brush and gives you feedback from the brushing timer and Bluetooth connection.

Yupp, there’s Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone and so many more features with the free Oral-B app! Once you’re connected, you’ll be guided with advanced Position Technology. It lets you see exactly where you’re brushing so that you never miss a tooth!

We told you it was ingenious 😉

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

This super sleek, ultra-practical toothbrush features five cleaning modes for a custom cleaning experience. The ergonomic handle makes it comfortable to hold and the angled neck makes it easy to get to those hard-to-reach places.

It has a whitening brush head with diamond-shaped bristles to give you a whiter smile after just one week of use. And the removal of surface stains and polishing process gives an even brighter finish. You’ll really get that squeaky-clean feeling!

Let’s not forget about what’s just as important as the teeth themselves – the gums! The Sonicare DiamondClean has Gum Care (gentle massaging of the gums) and improves gum health in only two weeks.

And to make sure you’re thorough, there’s the Quadpacer Interval Timer. It times 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth for a more consistent clean and ensures you get the 2-minute brush that dentists recommend.

What’s really cool about this toothbrush is that it comes with a charging glass. It looks like a regular rinsing glass – which you can actually use to rinse! – but charges your toothbrush in the most seamless manner.

Sonicare DiamondClean is great for travellers, too. The travel case has a USB charger so you can plug it into a laptop or adapter and voila! Isn’t that handy?

Posted by:Natalie Milad