What’s Best Electric Toothbrush for Receding Gums?

First, lets guess how you got here. You finished brushing your teeth and you noticed something different in how your gums look. You searched on Google to see what may be causing this and long story short, you’ve come to the conclusion that you have receding gums. Now your here to figure out ways to treat this condition and have come to my article to help you choose the best electric toothbrush for receding gums.

For those who don’t know, gum recession occurs when your gums, which protects the roots of your teeth, erode. This leaves the dentin exposed which is softer and sensitive layer of the tooth. It is sensitive because the dentin is covered with tiny tubes (tubules) that lead to nerve within the tooth and can be agitated by changes in temperature, pressure or eating acidic and sweet foods. This causes pain and discomfort which usually leaves after a while. If gums continue recede, it can eventually lead to tooth loss.


One of the causes of gum recession could be the vigorous brushing of your teeth, which wears away at your gums, exposing your dentin. The second would be gum disease. This can be caused by infrequent or improper brushing of the teeth allowing plaque to build up along the gum line. This buildup causes the gums to pull away from those areas.


This condition is progressive and may be allowed to develop over several years until it is noticed by the patient due to the slow speed of this process. The conditioned is usually noticed when the patient begins to feel pain and discomfort. If you have gum disease, gum recession can be observed as you can see the gums pull away from around your teeth, making your teeth appear to look longer. Further more, gaps may appear between teeth underneath the tips of your teeth. If gum recession is due to tooth abrasion (caused by brushing too hard) then the gum line appears to look like it has v-shaped notches as the toothbrush wears away the exposed parts of the gum. Lastly, due to hard brushing, the surface of the tooth can look to curve inwards.

If you’re here to figure out the best electric toothbrush for receding gums and it is important to understand that there isn’t exactly an electric toothbrush specifically for this condition. However, there are many factors to take into account when choosing an electric toothbrush so you can customise your cleaning experience as best as you can to help your condition. Sonicare and Oral-B offer different cleaning experiences, and different features that can treat and make this condition more tolerable. You will learn about all these factors so you can make a sound decision on what is the best course of action.

Interchangeable Toothbrush Heads

Oral-B Sensi Ultrathin Toothbrush Head
Sonicare Sensitive Toothbrush Head

Oral-B offers a range of interchangeable toothbrush heads as I have covered in a previous article. I’d recommend using the Oral-B Sensi Ultrathin brush head. This is because it’s bristles are softer so are gentler on your teeth and gums and leads to less discomfort when brushing. Sonicares option, as an interchangeable toothbrush head for those who need a gentler cleaning experience is the Sonicare Sensitive brush head. It also extra soft bristles that deliver a gentle but effective cleaning experience.

Another recommendation would be to attach a smaller brush head. This can allows you to clean areas of the tooth effectively without harming the more delicate parts so you can over that area with another brush head or on another brushing mode. Moreover, being smaller in size also allows you to reach constricted areas of the mouth were the buildup of plaque has lead to gum recession. Sonicare brush heads come in standard and compact sizes. On the other side, Oral-B offer the Oral-B Power Tip Brush for the same purpose. If you don’t have gum disease, and are trying to prevent it, then you might want to know that standard Oral-B brush heads are said to clean the gum line more effectively than Sonicare brush heads.

Brushing Modes

Another way to personalise your cleaning experiences is to think about the brushing modes the electric toothbrush has. If you aren’t familiar with this, most electric toothbrushes offer various brush modes that change the brushing motion or the length of time your brushing for. On a lot of electric toothbrushes, a low power mode is featured. This may be called the ‘massage’ or ‘sensitive’ setting and provides a gentler experience by reducing the speed of the action produced by the toothbrush. Not all electric toothbrush have this feature so remember to check. Also electric toothbrushes usually have a pressure sensor that will tell you when your brushing too hard.

Even though this article is mainly focused on how to choose the best electric toothbrush for receding gums, I’d also recommend you use other products.

Listerine Advanced Defence Gum Treatment Mouthwash

Listerine Advanced Defence Gum Treatment mouthwash is an effective way of preventing the development of gum recession. The mouthwash creates a protective layer over teeth to disallow the accumulation of plaque. They claim for you to have improved oral health within just 2 weeks. I’d also recommend the Corsodyl treatment mouthwash in replace of this.

Sensodyne Repair & Protect Toothpaste

The Sensodyne Repair & Protect Toothpaste contains Sensodyne’s patented NovaMin® technology that builds a protective layer over the exposed part of dentin. This will make your teeth less sensitive and can go about the day without having to worry about what you may eat and drink to cause pain.

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