Buzzon Brushes

The big toothbrush debate used to be "side-to-side" or "up-and-down." But with the latest electric versions of the toothbrush, choices are more complicated than ever. Consumer Reports just tested to see what you get with less expensive electric toothbrushes.

The Whittmann family knows it's important to brush your teeth every day.

And it's not just kids that have to be diligent. Adults have to brush regularly too.

The Whitmanns use regular brushes to get the job done, but there are plenty of new options out there.

Consumer Reports just evaluated three inexpensive electric toothbrushes to see what you get for your money.

A 140 dollar Sonicare brush was used for comparison. The others, from Crest, Colgate and Oral-B are all 10 dollars or less.

"We asked volunteers to try each of these toothbrushes. After they used each one for one week, we told them not to brush for a day so they could let plaque build up on their teeth."

Consumer Reports had a dentist examine each volunteer — scoring the amount of plaque on specific teeth.

The volunteers then brushed with the test toothbrush, and their teeth were re-scored to see how well each brush removed plaque.

The expensive Sonicare brush turned out to be the most effective. However, the other three did just about as good a job for a fraction of the price. But before you get one of these inexpensive electric toothbrushes, there's something you should know.

"Our tests show that none of these brushes were a s effective as a regular brush."

And when it comes to regular brushes, there are plenty to choose from — at the bargain price of two or three dollars.

Consumer Reports says that one of the most important aspects of brushing is how long you do it. And tester found volunteers brushed longer when they used the electric toothbrushes. If you think an electric brush might keep you brushing longer, Consumer Reports says try the Colgate Actibrush for ten dollars.

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