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Add an electric toothbrush to your holiday wishlist

Posted December 18, 2020 4:52 p.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2020 5:14 p.m. EST

An electric toothbrush might not be at the top of your list this year, but maybe it should be.

Electric toothbrushes could make a difference, especially since so many people skipped checkups because of the pandemic.

"I like the electric toothbrush because I, admittedly, am not always the best flosser, but my dentist thinks I am,” said Kelly Starzec.

How do you choose the right toothbrush, especially when they can cost well over $100?

The one at the top of Consumer Reports ratings is the Oral-B, which got the top score for ease of use.

A cheaper option that also did well is the Philips Sonicare.

Whether you’re using a top-of-the line powered toothbrush or a manual one, experts say the way you brush your teeth is important.

Some tips include angling your toothbrush at 45 degrees to reach the space between your teeth and gums, focus on two teeth at a time and work your way around your mouth, and don’t brush too hard, because that could do more harm than good.

Consumer Reports says another thing to consider is how much waste plastic manual toothbrushes create.

By using an electric model, you only have to replace the brush head, so you’re tossing out a little less plastic.

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