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Best brush-off

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush</span>
Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush

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Any toothbrush may be better than no toothbrush, but increasingly dentists laud powered periodontics — rechargeable toothbrushes with specially designed bristles that gently but vigorously clean teeth, tackle plaque and massage gums better, perhaps, than the unassisted hand. The folks at Philips have produced a pricy but impressive update on motorized mouth care to go. The new Sonicare DiamondClean model comes complete with a charging travel case that includes a built-in charging port with a USB cord and AC wall adapter that can rev up the brush while it is ensconced in the case. The DiamondClean also comes with a powered stand and a newfangled charging glass that uses inductive technology to recharge the toothbrush while it just rests in the glass, atop the power stand. The glass also can be used for rinsing. The handle’s power button shifts between five brushing modes; each push of the button scrolls down an illuminated panel, indicating a change in the vibration speed and pulse from clean to white to polish to gum care to sensitive. The brush even has an interval timer pre-programmed to beep after the specific time period (from one to three minutes) recommended for each brushing stage. You get two interchangeable brush heads, standard and compact (for smaller mouths or hard-to- reach places). Toothpaste choice is a whole ’nother matter.

Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush in white or black is $219.99 at

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