Sustainable electric toothbrushes: Against plaque & for the environment

Every day we fight against tooth decay, plaque and gum inflammation with our toothbrushes. Numerous studies have proven that electric toothbrushes clean teeth much more thoroughly than manual toothbrushes. However, a lot of plastic also ends up in the bathroom with them. Is that sustainable?

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Author: House of Eden

You should change your toothbrush every three months or at the latest when the bristles start to bend outwards. With classic plastic brushes, a lot of waste is created over time. Alternative products made from bamboo, wood or Bio-plastic with an interchangeable head provide a solution. However, electric toothbrushes provide the best dental hygiene. One Study from Great Britain However, in 2020, electric toothbrushes were found to have a worse ecological balance than conventional manual toothbrushes. This is a dilemma for people who rely on sustainable products in their daily tooth brushing routine. Fortunately, a lot has happened in the market since the study was published.

What are the advantages of an electric toothbrush?

There is no more convenient way to clean your teeth than with an e-tooth brush. And not a more hygienic one either. Small rotating brush heads reach even tiny gaps in the tooth surface and between the teeth. They also protect the gums, which reduces injuries. Electronic sonic toothbrushes represent a further development: Instead of an electric motor, they work with sound energy in the high frequency range. With 30.000 movements per minute, they work ten times faster than an electric toothbrush and a hundred times faster than a manual toothbrush. The gums react to the changing pressure changes of the sound and are supplied more intensively thanks to cell activation. In addition, the toothpaste foam also reaches hard-to-reach places in the mouth - the result is less bacteria, plaque and gum inflammation.

The benefits of an electric toothbrush

  • Easy to use
  • Better cleaning performance
  • High comfort
  • Gentle cleaning method
  • Less plastic waste

What to look for when buying an electronic toothbrush

• Recyclable attachment heads

If you think about the environment when it comes to your oral hygiene, you should choose toothbrushes made from recyclable or biodegradable materials. This also applies to attachment heads. In addition to those made of plastic, some manufacturers now also offer interchangeable heads made of bamboo.

• Quality battery

The battery is the heart of every electric toothbrush and determines its lifespan. When purchasing, make sure that there is a lithium-ion battery (Li-Ion) in the dental breasts. They are more robust and longer lasting than nickel metal batteries (Ni-Mh). For comparison: While weak batteries fail after just 100 minutes, lithium-ion batteries only need to be charged after more than 300 minutes.

• Proper disposal

If you have discarded an electric toothbrush, you can take it to a recycling center. Since 2016, stores, online retailers and mail order companies that sell electric toothbrushes have also been obliged to take back used products. This is an alternative Terracyclye Recycling program.

The 4 best electric toothbrushes at a glance

Stiftung Warentest and Ökotest took a close look at them. These electric toothbrushes performed particularly well in terms of sustainability:

  1. Oral-B iO Series
  2. Philips Sonicare
  3. DM Dontodent
  4. Happybrush

1. Oral-B iO Series

Two toothbrushes from Oral B scored “good” in the last test by Stiftung Warentest: The Oral B iO10 Cosmic Black and the Oral-B iO4 not only impress with their good teeth cleaning, but also score points in terms of their durability. In contrast to most other electric toothbrushes on the market, their batteries can be replaced. This means you can use the toothbrush for longer and save it from being thrown away.

Headquarters: Cincinnati, USA
Battery charging time: 88 Minutes
Price: Oral B iO10 Cosmic Black from around 350 euros; Oral B iO4 from around 84 euros
Where to buy: Amazon, Media Markt, Otto

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2. Philips Sonicare

The Sonicare 9400 sonic toothbrush impressed Stiftung Warentest and the consumer magazine Öko-Test equally. An app that matches the toothbrush is intended to encourage users to stick to their brushing times and also to think about hard-to-reach places in the mouth.

Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Battery charging time: 77 Minutes
Price: Philips Sonicare 9000 from around 160 euros, Philips Sonicare 9400 from around 220 euros
Where to buy: Amazon, Media Markt, Philips

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3. Dm Dontodent

The drugstore chain dm offers good electric toothbrushes for little money. The Dontodent brand consistently achieves good results in the test results; The replacement brushes are inexpensive, with a long service life and good environmental properties. But: When it comes to handling, users of the dm toothbrush have to make compromises. The cleaning time signal is difficult to notice.

Headquarters: Karlsruhe, Germany
Battery charging time: 92 Minutes
Price: dm Dontodent Active Professional from around 20 euros
Where to buy: dm

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4. Happybrush

The Happybrush Vibe 3 is the product of a start-up from southern Germany. In addition to a high-quality lithium-ion battery, the environmentally friendly e-toothbrush impresses with very good cleaning performance and, according to the provider, is made from 100 percent recycled material. As the only vegan sonic toothbrush on the market, the Vibe 3 doesn't have to hide from the big brands.

Headquarters: Munich, Germany
Battery charging time: 104 Minutes
Price: Happybrush Vibe 3 from around 85 euros
Where to buy: Happybrush

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