10 Best Toothbrush Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Toothbrushes come in all sizes and colors—some spin and others pulsate. But a toothbrush is worthless if you brush incorrectly.

Top 10 Toothbrush

Bestseller No. 1
Colgate Extra Clean Full Head Toothbrush, Medium - 6 Count
1924 Reviews
Colgate Extra Clean Full Head Toothbrush, Medium - 6 Count
  • Circular power bristles to help effectively clean teeth
  • Cleaning tip bristles
Bestseller No. 2
Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrush, Peppermint - 24 Count
1140 Reviews
Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrush, Peppermint - 24 Count
  • Brush Your Teeth on the Go, Anytime, Anywhere
  • Mini Prepasted Toothbrush, No Rinsing Necessary
Bestseller No. 3
Oral-B 3D White Radiant Whitening Toothbrush 40 Medium 2 Count ( Color May Vary )
241 Reviews
Oral-B 3D White Radiant Whitening Toothbrush 40 Medium 2 Count ( Color May Vary )
  • CrissCross Bristle technology helps whiten between teeth
  • Perfectly angled bristles help lift out and sweep away plaque
Bestseller No. 4
Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Natural Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush - Pack Of 4
571 Reviews
Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Natural Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush - Pack Of 4
  • ★ GO GREEN! - Why fill up landfills with plastic when you don't have to? Help the environment, and feel...
  • ★ A PACK OF 4 TOOTHBRUSHES - will last one person a full year. Buy a pack of 4 toothbrushes for each person...
Bestseller No. 5
Colgate 360 Adult Full Head Soft Toothbrush (4 Count)
698 Reviews
Colgate 360 Adult Full Head Soft Toothbrush (4 Count)
  • Toothbrush reduces 151% more bacteria* * Bacteria that cause bad breath vs. brushing teeth alone with an...
  • Cleaning bristles and polishing cups that help remove more plaque and stains
Bestseller No. 6
Nuva Dent Ultra Soft Charcoal Toothbrush - Gentle, Slim Brush Head, Medium Tip - Clean Plaque,...
224 Reviews
Nuva Dent Ultra Soft Charcoal Toothbrush - Gentle, Slim Brush Head, Medium Tip - Clean Plaque,...
  • SERIOUSLY SOFT: These toothbrush bristles will not agitate or cause pain. Never too sharp, coarse, or dense....
  • CHARCOAL TOOTHBRUSHES: The gentle and effective charcoal toothbrush works perfectly for whitening teeth with...
Bestseller No. 7
Biodegradable Natural Charcoal Bamboo 8 Toothbrushes (Two Packs of 4 | BPA Free Soft Bristles |...
312 Reviews
Biodegradable Natural Charcoal Bamboo 8 Toothbrushes (Two Packs of 4 | BPA Free Soft Bristles |...
  • GO GREEN! - Why fill up landfills with plastic when you don't have to? Help the environment, and feel better...
  • A PACK OF 8 TOOTHBRUSHES - will last a family of 4 a full year.
Bestseller No. 8
Colgate 360 Toothbrush with Tongue and Cheek Cleaner - Soft (6 Count), Compact Head
698 Reviews
Colgate 360 Toothbrush with Tongue and Cheek Cleaner - Soft (6 Count), Compact Head
  • Toothbrush reduces 151% more bacteria
  • Cleaning bristles and polishing cups that help remove more plaque and stains
Bestseller No. 9
Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrush, Peppermint - 24 Count (4 Pack)
213 Reviews
Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrush, Peppermint - 24 Count (4 Pack)
  • Brush Your Teeth on the Go, Anytime, Anywhere
  • Mini Prepasted Toothbrush, No Rinsing Necessary
Bestseller No. 10
Oral-B Pro-Health Toothbrush, All-in-One, 4 Count, Color may vary
123 Reviews
Oral-B Pro-Health Toothbrush, All-in-One, 4 Count, Color may vary
  • One brushing removes up to 99% of plaque in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Power Tip Bristles: 550 extra long bristles to help clean hard to reach places.

What We Found – An Oral History

Who Should Buy a Power Toothbrush? 
All you really need is a good soft-bristled manual toothbrush if you take the time and effort. But if you have arthritis, lack dexterity, or would like some extra power, powered toothbrushes can help.

What’re the Biggest Brushing Mistake People Make? 
Just swishing the toothbrush around without making sure to reach all areas of the mouth. People tend to brush their teeth too fast and end up missing spots, especially in the back of their mouth. And that’s a problem because plaque is full of harmful bacteria and it can lead to gum disease and cavities.

Manual vs. Electric

Manual and electric toothbrushes can be equally effective if used right, research suggests. To brush manually: Put the brush at a 45-degree angle against gums; move it back and forth gently in tooth-wide strokes overall teeth; move the “toe” of the brush-up and down to clean inside front teeth, and brush your tongue gently to remove bacteria and freshen breath. With an electric brush, be sure to cover all surfaces, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes don’t just sit there; they do everything but shake, rattle, and roll. Brush heads tend to be either sonic (they vibrate side to side) or spinning (they rotate very fast in one direction, then the other, and bristles may pulsate in and out).

We tested electric toothbrushes that cost from $15 to $140. Most had rechargeable bases; one used AA batteries. Most had built-in 2-minute timers that either signaled or shut the toothbrush off after 2 minutes, plus “quadpacers” that signaled every 30 seconds so that you spend equal time on each quadrant of your mouth. A higher price is likely to get your settings such as sensitive (gentler cleaning) or massage (gum stimulation), a charge-level display, or a travel case.

How We Tested
Fifteen staffers used each electric toothbrush for one week and evaluated its comfort, convenience, and ease of use. We hid brand names and asked panelists to follow any manufacturers’ instructions for brushing technique and time (usually two minutes). At the end of each week, each panelist didn’t brush for at least 24 hours; then a dentist used a dye to reveal plaque before and after they’d brushed once more for 2 minutes. Plaque removal is important in gum health.

What We Found
Some brushes are more comfortable to hold and manipulate than others. Two toothbrushes got relatively low ease-of-use scores because some panelists said their brush heads were too big.

Bottom Line
Check for a return policy: Some brushes offer a money-back guarantee. Most makers suggest replacing brush heads every three months, which boosts the cost. Whatever you buy, brush thoroughly: With all brushes, panelists removed more plaque from the cheek side of their teeth than from the tongue side, and more from front teeth than back.

Tooth Smarts – Tips for Cleaner Teeth

Whichever brand of toothbrush, toothpaste, or floss you choose, using proper brushing and flossing techniques are critical for adequately removing plaque, which causes cavities and gum disease.

Brush Up on Brushing
What to use: Choose a brush with soft or medium bristles, which are gentler on the gums and may clean better because they’re more flexible. The brush design does not appear to influence effectiveness, so choose anyone you like.

How to brush: Hold the brush with the bristles angled 45 degrees toward the gum line, so one row of bristle tips can slip slightly under the gums. Jiggle the brush head with a short, vibrating motion, then move on to the next spot. Finally, scrub the chewing surfaces.

Brush gently to avoid harming the gums; removing plaque doesn’t require much pressure. Brush both the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth and the tops of molars. Brush your tongue, too, to remove bacteria and freshen breath (or use a tongue scraper, sold at drugstores for about $1 each).

Flossing Fundamentals
What to use: All flosses clean effectively. But if you find flossing uncomfortable, consider a slippery one like Glide.

How to floss: Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around a finger; wind the rest around the same finger on your other hand. Use a careful sawing motion to slide the floss between your teeth down or up to the gum line; then gently move the thread slightly under the gums. Next, curve it into a “C” shape against the side of one tooth and sweep it up and down. Repeat for both sides of each tooth, unwinding clean floss from the first hand.

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