Like many adults, my gums are receding. My dentist recommended switching to an electric toothbrush. I asked for reader recommendations and several people steered me towards the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush ($189).
The toothbrush has five modes, Clean, White, Polish, Sensitive, and Gum Care. The toothbrush has a timer that chimes every 30-seconds, so that you know when to move from one quadrant of your mouth to another. It also assures that you brush for the full 2-minutes recommended by dentists.
After using the toothbrush for a week, my teeth have never been cleaner. The first time I used the toothbrush, it felt like I’d been to the dentist. The difference was a bit mind blowing. My teeth are also noticeably whiter than they were before.
The only drawback is the price. Paying $200 for a toothbrush didn’t please me. I was willing to do it, because due to some childhood health issues, I have one year of law school tuition sunk into my smile. Protecting the health of my teeth and gums into later life is my paramount concern.
If the price also gives you the chills, the folks at The Sweethome reviewed several brands of electric toothbrush and pronounced the $50 Philips Sonicare 2 to be just as effective as the DiamondClean, but with fewer bells and whistles.
Making the jump to an electric toothbrush exceeded my expectations. My teeth are cleaner, whiter, and healthier. So if you are still using a manual toothbrush, an electric might be worth a try.