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Best Toothbrushes

  1. Greenzla Bamboo Toothbrush
  2. Oral-B Clic Manual Toothbrush
  3. Nuva Dent Bamboo Charcoal Bristles- Biodegradable Toothbrush
  4. Oral-B Pro Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
  5. AquaSonic DUO PRO
  6. Buyer's Guide

Oral health is at the forefront of many people’s minds — you only get one set of adult teeth, and it is very important to pay special care to your pearly whites so that they serve you well into your years. A smile can be a very impactful first impression — both in business and interpersonal relationships. Therefore, good dental hygiene care cannot be left up to genetics or chance. You'll definitely want to select the best toothbrush possible in order to facilitate healthy teeth.

The offerings in the toothbrush industry have become very vast in recent years; there are many more selections than you may have been used to from your childhood! The world of toothbrushes has many options to offer, from eco-friendly biodegradable options to charcoal toothbrushes aimed at whitening teeth therapy. When keeping in mind the multitude of brush options, shopping for a new toothbrush can be a daunting task. We have given you a jump start with this list of the best toothbrushes in 2021 on the market.

The Best Toothbrushes Models of 2021 in Detail

Greenzla Bamboo Toothbrush - Best Overall

This toothbrush is made from 100% bamboo, which may seem unusual if you've grown up with plastic toothbrushes. Despite the unexpected appearance, it features soft bristles that are gentle on your gums and will leave them clean and healthy. This toothbrush comes in a pack of 12, saving you both time and money because you won't need to make multiple visits to the store. These bamboo toothbrushes are made with quality materials that keep the environment at the forefront in their manufacturing. The bamboo bristles are soft and safe for teeth and gums, and the handle offers an ergonomic design. Each toothbrush offers durability, lasting about a year before they need to be replaced.

Oral-B Clic Manual Toothbrush - Runner Up

This toothbrush offers forward-thinking designs to maintain Oral-B's renowned cleaning capabilities while adding thoughtful touches all around. It's a manual toothbrush, but the head can be replaced rather than the entire assembly. This results in a dramatic reduction in plastic waste, and the handle has an integrated magnet that allows it to be stored against the wall using the provided base. This way, the bristles are moved further away from potential contamination when not in use.

Nuva Dent Bamboo Charcoal Bristles- Biodegradable Toothbrush - Also Consider

This toothbrush comes in a large pack to help you stock up and is ideal for you and your family members. They're also designed with the environment in mind - there isn't a single ounce of plastic used in the construction of the handle of these toothbrushes. This makes the handles biodegradable, though we're not quite convinced that the charcoal-infused nylon bristles will biodegrade the same way. Each toothbrush is the same color, but the handles are individually numbered so that brushes aren't mixed up amongst household members. They clean at a high level while being designed to be soft on gums.

Oral-B Pro Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush - Contender

Some people prefer electric toothbrushes, but those usually tend to cost significantly more than manual ones. This Oral-B electric toothbrush is a known quantity; while it does cost more than the manual toothbrushes we've recommended, it's priced well enough to be a compelling option. This toothbrush has an ergonomic design with a circular brush head that makes it easy to reach even the most awkward areas, and the 2-minute timer provides notification that you've brushed your teeth sufficiently. This toothbrush also has a sensor that will reduce pulsation if it is being pressed too hard on the gums, essentially training you to trust the action of the toothbrush instead of scrubbing like you would with a manual toothbrush. Unlike many other value-priced electric toothbrushes, this one features a rechargable battery instead of requiring periodic replacements.

AquaSonic DUO PRO - Also Consider

The AquaSonic DUO Pro is the perfect toothbrush system for two. This care kit includes two Duo Pro brushes, one in midnight black and the other optic white, with the same industry-leading features. Both brushes have 40,000 vibrations per minute technology, wireless charging capability, and powerful lithium-ion batteries that are built to last you 30 days on a single charge. A black and white travel case is included in this box set keeping them protected for easy travel with your brushes. Investing in your dental care earns you a toothbrush with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval ensuring that you are breaking down plaque and preventing gingivitis (and all that brushing is put to good use).

Buyer's Guide

What is the first thing you do after waking up? For most of us, we go straight to brushing our teeth. Finding the right toothbrush is an essential part of your morning routine. Brushing your teeth with the correct brush will maintain proper oral hygiene and can help with tooth decay, bad breath, and a variety of other oral issues.

To help you choose the best toothbrush, we have put together a handy buying guide full of the information you may want to consider before making your purchase.

Things to consider when buying a toothbrush

Finding the right toothbrush can help stave off unplanned trips to the dentist. This guide will point you in the right direction to selecting the best brush for you.

How easy is it to use?

You can purchase a very advanced toothbrush with cleaning features, but if you do not know how to use them it could potentially be a waste of money. A toothbrush should be easy to use and understand as you will use it multiple times throughout the day.

What is the size of the toothbrush head?

You will want to find a toothbrush that fits in your hand and has a brush head that fits your mouth size. Some people have small mouths and a medium or regular size brush may be too large.


The toothbrush you select should be lightweight and easy to hold. For the most lightweight brushes, look for those made with recycled materials or bamboo. Be careful when selecting an electric toothbrush, as they rely on battery packs that can increase the overall weight of the toothbrush itself.

Style and use

A toothbrush can be hidden in plain sight with a sleek look or can be a colorful add-on to your bathroom or bedroom. Electric toothbrushes can have bulky stands so if you go the electric route look for a stand or holder that fits in with your style and decor. Either way, make sure you don't sacrifice function in search of style.


Your toothbrush should be kept in a dry place where mold and mildew cannot grow. Some brushes come with stands but check to make sure the stand provides ample room for air drying and to keep bacteria at bay.

Carlita Brasington is a Los Angeles-based journalist with over 8 years of experience covering Southern California retail, fashion, beauty, wellness, travel, and lifestyle.
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