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The Best Brands of Toothbrushes

What type of toothbrush does a dentist use? In a survey of area professionals, we asked what they brushed with. Of the 700 who replied, here’s what dentists said:

Manual toothbrush: 43 percent

Power toothbrush: 57 percent

Among the power-brush set, a favorite was Sonicare, with 38 percent of the vote. One-third like Braun Oral-B, with votes split among the many manual and power models Oral-B makes.

In a 2003 rating of toothbrushes, Consumer Reports determined that proper technique and how long you brush—two minutes is optimal—matter more than the type of brush.

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Executive Editor

Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Top Doctors, and Great Small Towns. She lives in DC.