Let Us Help You Find the Best Sensitive Electric Toothbrush on the Market
If you have sensitive teeth, you know just how difficult it can be to find a practical electric toothbrush. Cold and hot foods can cause pain as-is, but electric brushes can exacerbate the problem.
Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black Electronic Power Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush
Our favorite for 2017
Oral-B Pro 3000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
A very close runner-up
Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries Electronic Power Toothbrush
Great for a brusher with sensitive teeth
The good news is that many new brushes are designed for sensitive teeth, so you can experience the benefits of using an electric toothbrush without the added pain. But how do you compare models to find the right one for you?
Here are some things to consider:
- Sensitive Cleaning Mode: If you have sensitive teeth, make sure you choose a brush that has a sensitive, or gentle, cleaning mode. Typical cleaning modes, like daily or whiten, are a bit more aggressive and may be painful. In the very least, the brush should have a feature that “breaks” in the brush, or gradually increases intensity, so your teeth and gums get accustomed to the new brushing mode.
- Pressure sensor: Brushing too hard will wear away your teeth’s enamel, which will make your teeth even more sensitive. Brushes that include a pressure sensor will alert you when you’re pressing too hard or brushing too aggressively.
- Special Brush Heads: Some electric toothbrush makers offer special brush heads for sensitive teeth. These brush heads typically rotate in a gentle circular motion, which gives you a thorough cleaning without causing pain.
To help you find the best electric toothbrush for your sensitive teeth, we’ve reviewed some of the top-selling models on the market.
Reviews – The Best Electric Brush for Sensitive Teeth
Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries – The Pro 7000 SmartSeries brush is one of the most advanced models in the Oral-B lineup. This rotation oscillation toothbrush features 6 cleaning modes and Bluetooth connectivity to help you improve your brushing habits.
The 6 modes include: sensitive, daily clean, gum care, whitening, tongue cleaner and deep clean.
The gum care is great for sensitive teeth, too, as it improves gum health while still being gentle. The tongue cleaner also helps remove bacteria that causes bad breath.
The oscillation and rotation combined with the 16-degree angle of the bristles allows this brush to reach in between teeth and remove more plaque than your manual brush.
If you have a bigger budget this is the best electric toothbrush you can buy for sensitive teeth.
Oral-B Pro 3000 – The Pro 3000 from Oral-B is an excellent choice for the budget-conscious buyer. It doesn’t have quite as many cleaning modes as the previous model or Bluetooth connectivity, but it’s ideal for people with sensitive teeth.
A total of three cleaning modes are included: sensitive, daily clean and whitening. The sensitive mode is gentle enough for sensitive gums and teeth, and a built-in pressure sensor prevents you from brushing too hard.
The bristles on the CrossAction brush head are placed at a 16-degree angle to get in between teeth. The 3D cleaning action rotates, pulsates and oscillates to break up plaque better than a manual toothbrush.
There’s also a built-in timer to ensure that you brush for the recommended two-minute time.
Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries – Another model from the SmartSeries, the Oral-B 5000 has Bluetooth connectivity and all the features you could ever want in a brush.
Six cleaning modes are offered: sensitive, gum care, whitening, deep clean, and daily clean. The built-in pressure sensor helps protect your enamel and prevent further sensitivity.
Like other Oral-B brushes, this model has a CrossAction brush head that easily cleans in between teeth. You can also buy the sensitive brush head, which is designed exclusively for use on sensitive teeth.
Although noT integral to your brushing sessions, connecting to the app through the Bluetooth feature will help you track your brushing progress and keep you motivated.
If you’re looking for a smarter electric brush, the Pro 5000 SmartSeries is a great option.
Brio SmartClean – From a brand that you may not have heard of, the Brio SmartClean delivers 31,000 oscillations per minute for a cleaner, brighter smile. Sonic vibrations create micro-bubbles that clean in between your teeth and break up more plaque than a manual brush.
A built-in timer keeps you brushing for two minutes, while the 30-second interval timer ensures that each zone of your mouth is cleaned properly.
Three brushing modes are included: normal, soft and massage. Soft is ideal for sensitive teeth, and the massage feature is great for cleaning gums.
If you’re on a tight budget and want a brush that still offers a timer and multiple cleaning modes, the Brio SmartClean may be the right choice for you.
Philips Sonicare 2 Series – The Sonicare 2 Series from Philips is affordably priced, and can deliver up to 31,000 strokes per minute.
There are no built-in cleaning modes – just a simple “clean” mode. But there’s an Easy-start feature that slowly increases power over the first 14 uses, so you can gradually work your way up to the normal cleaning mode.
With a snap-on brush head design, it’s easy to replace brush heads, and the ergonomically-designed handle makes brushing more comfortable.
The two week battery life is a welcomed benefit, and the 2-minute Smart Timer will keep you brushing for the recommended amount of time.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Top Toothbrush for Sensitive Teeth and Gums After 2015
With so many brushes to choose from, how can you possibly find the right one for your needs? There are several things that you’ll need to consider when looking at different models:
- Designed for sensitive teeth: Obviously, you want a brush that’s designed for sensitive teeth. Sensitive cleaning modes are gentler than the typical daily cleaning mode. Models that offer a sensitive brush head make brushing even more comfortable. Try to avoid brushes that don’t offer any type of benefit for people with sensitive teeth.
- Electric toothbrush ratings: Do other users like the brush? Does it stop working after just a few uses? Is the battery life abysmal? User ratings are a good indication of the brush’s quality, so keep this mind when looking at different brushes.
- Price: Electric toothbrushes can be expensive, especially those that offer Bluetooth connectivity and other advanced features. Stay within your budget, but make sure that you choose a brush that will accommodate your sensitive teeth. Do you really need 5 cleaning modes? Will you even use the app? Ditching unnecessary features can help you save money without having to sacrifice quality.
- Brush type: Do you prefer oscillating/rotating or sonic brushes? Sonic brushes use vibrations and side-to-side motion to clean teeth, while oscillating and rotating brushes move in a circular motion to clean teeth. Sonic technology uses fluid to clean in between teeth, while oscillating brushes have bristles that reach in between teeth. Decide which type you prefer, and choose a model that uses that technology.