When it comes to powered toothbrushes, there are basically two categories to choose from: battery-operated and rechargeable/plug-in. While the American Dental Association (ADA) does objectively evaluate dental products for safety and effectiveness, the ADA does not recommend either category of toothbrush over the other. Consider your personal preferences and work with your dentist to find what’s just right for you.
Doing some initial research on your own can also be beneficial in helping you become aware of the various available options. Depending on your current budget and style, some toothbrushes may be obviously more suited to you than others given the product- and price-differences within the market.
In general, battery-operated toothbrushes are less expensive but require being replaced or having batteries be replaced. Rechargeable toothbrushes, on the other hand, eliminate periodic battery costs, but have a higher upfront product cost. Here’s a look at some products representative of the current availability of powered toothbrushes.
Reviewing Battery-Operated Toothbrushes
Colgate 360 SonicPower Toothbrush Soft. Price: $6.99. This Colgate toothbrush is fairly typical for a low-end, battery-operated product. With high speed sonic vibrations, the SonicPower is designed to give you outstanding cleaning power for an overall healthier mouth. Neither the brush head nor the battery is meant to be replaced–meaning after the recommended three months of use the toothbrush is entirely discarded.
Oral B CrossAction Power Battery Toothbrush. Price: $7.29. The Oral B, on the other hand, is powered by one replaceable AA battery which is included. The brush head can also be replaced after the needed amount of time. This particular model has CrissCross bristles with dual cleaning action meant to reach deep and whisk plaque away.
Reviewing Rechargeable or Plug-In Electric Toothbrushes
Crest SpinBrush Pro Recharge Powered Toothbrush. Price: $20.49. With one powered toothbrush and a compact charging case, Crest SpinBrush is one of the most affordable rechargeable toothbrushes around. The Pro Recharge has two moving heads for dual action cleaning between teeth and along the gumline. No replacement batteries will be required and extra replacement heads can be purchases as needed.
Oral B Professional Care 7400 Rechargeable Toothbrush. Price: $79.99. This Oral B toothbrush is somewhere in the middle of the rechargeable market as a whole. With 3D cleaning action, a precision clean brush head, and a dual clean brush head, this Professional Care 7400 is built for superior and gentle plaque removal. The model also comes with a variety of cool features including a two minute timer and a pressure sensor.
Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush. Price: $149.99. And for the most serious of spenders, you can even get a rechargeable option like this pick from Sonicare, which claims to redefine clean with FlexCare features. Branded as superior, flexible, and efficient, the Sonicare system means business when it comes to cleaning teeth.
“ADA Seal of Acceptance: Toothbrushes.” ADA.org.