I know what you're thinking—aren't all electric toothbrushes basically the same?
Well no. I used to think so, but I've just upgraded to this puppy, a.k.a. the Philips Sonicare Sonic Toothbrush ($219.95, sonicare.ca) and it's taken brushing to a whole new level.
First of all, the bristles move FAST—faster than any electric toothbrush I've ever tried—and while this takes some getting used to, what they're doing is driving fluid between the teeth and along the gumline to thoroughly clean your mouth. Like most brushes these days, it comes with a built-in timer, and you can also play around with a whopping five brushing modes: Clean, Gum Care, Refresh, Sensitive and Massage. (Makes brushing almost...fun!)
My inner germaphobe LOVES that it comes with a high-tech brush sanitizer that kills 99% of bacteria and viruses. You just pop it into the little compartment, push a button, and wait less than a minute for it to complete. The brush also has a protective plastic "hat" to protect it from yucky stuff in your bathroom, as well as a travel case. (The battery life is three weeks, so it should last you through most trips.)
Seriously, they thought of everything. The claim is that this will improve gum health in just two weeks. Yes, it's pricey, but if you're looking for a new brush with all the bells and whistles, it's pretty darn amazing!
It's out at the end of this month at Shoppers and London Drugs.