Posted May 12, 2005
I've been a huge fan of the Sonicare line of toothbrushes for years, ever since my dentist started giving me rapturous reviews for my healthy teeth and gums after I began using one (on her recommendation). Unlike regular electric toothbrushes, Sonicare uses sonic waves that result in more than 30,000 brush strokes per minute, which means that the bristles vibrate like high-tech hummingbirds, knocking the plaque off your teeth even below the surface of your gums. Though Sonicares are not cheap, I've gifted friends and family with probably a dozen of them over the years—that's how cool and effective I think the technology is. Now, there's a brand new version: the IntelliClean System from Sonicare and Crest. It's basically a pregnant-looking version of the standard Sonicare; a vacuum-packed packet of specially-formulated Crest toothpaste fits in its belly. You press a button that neatly saturates your toothbrush with Crest, then start brushing. The sonic waves liquefy the toothpaste, which means it gets deep into the tight spaces between your teeth. This is, obviously, a good thing, oral-hygiene-wise, but I have to confess that mainly I love not having to fuss with a toothpaste tube anymore—especially since my boyfriend always leaves the cap off. (No more gunked-up toothpaste tubes for me!)
$139.95 at amazon.com.