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Confession: I’ve never had the best teeth. When I was 23, I went to the dentist and discovered that I had ten cavities. Ten. How embarrassing is that? I brushed twice a day, and flossed more often than not, but still, my dental appointments were always a bummer. (Meanwhile, Alex has never had a single cavity.) Finally, a couple years ago, I wised up and started using a quip electric toothbrush. Here’s what happened…

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Everything got way better! No more cavities, much happier gums, my dentist is psyched.

Even though brushing is something we do every day, it turns out most people aren’t instinctively that great at it. We end up brushing too hard, unevenly, not long enough or not often enough. (Research also shows that one in four adults admits to brushing less than twice a day!) And, of course, bad brushing habits can lead to more serious problems down the road.

A Cup of Jo - The Best Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are way better at cleaning your teeth, but they can be bulky, inconvenient and expensive. So, a group of dentists and designers came together to create quip.

As you brush, quip uses sensitive, silent vibrations that make brushing feel almost relaxing. Every brush’s built-in timer pulses every 30 seconds and turns off after two minutes, so you always know you’re getting a great clean without needing to think about it. I could immediately tell the difference. (Random side note: Some electric toothbrushes can feel aggressive and kind of tickle your mouth, but quip feels super soft and gentle!)

Quip Toothbrushes

quip brushes start at only $25 and are powered by one AAA battery — no cords or outlets involved. They’re shower-safe and come with a hygienic cover, which mounts to your mirror or backsplash and is handy for travel. Dentists recommend changing your bristles every three months, so quip’s subscription service automatically delivers new brush heads (and batteries) — for just $5, with free shipping — so your toothbrush always feels fresh.

Last but not least, they look cute in your bathroom. :)

Thoughts? What kind of toothbrush do you use? Will you try one?

Thank you so much, quip!

(Photos by Christine Han for A Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by quip, a brand we use and love. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep A Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Susan Cuchiara says...

    I have been using Quip for 3 months after using a typical bulky electric toothbrush for many years. Just got my replacement head and battery. Love this toothbrush. It’s easy to use and actually feels good on my teeth and gums. I haven’t been to the dentist yet but expect to be commended because I just know this brush is doing the job. It is great for travel also. Love the Quip!

  2. Tracie C says...

    I just ordered the Quip, after reading your post. I’ve had ‘toothbrush’ on my grocery list for a few weeks now. No idea why I haven’t picked one up.
    Thanks for the 15% off coupon!

  3. Judy says...

    I LOVE this toothbrush. Now I can travel without a clunky base and cord. Why hasn’t a battery operated toothbrush been marketed before? I love that I can be in a hotel and attach it to the mirror. Great brush. I have not had a problem with the head falling off but that happens all the time with my rotodent!

    • dweeb says...

      it has been marketed before at all the drugstores and grocery stores – think Crest or some big brand sells/sold it.

    • Christina says...

      This is good to hear- I can’t wait to try it. I go from Electic oral b to bamboo to others. I love the look of this

  4. Svetlana Bego says...

    This is the best toothbrush I have ever used. My teeth became super white and gums are healthy. Not a single problem with the toothbrush itself. I simply love it.

  5. RalphyS says...

    I tried this product and my dentist was shocked at how bad my teeth looked. Bleeding gums and irritations. He said to go back to Oral B which I had been using and things improved greatly. These look nice but a mouthful of rotten bleeding teeth don’t. Stay away. Only good thing is I got a refund.

  6. Tori says...

    Both my partner and I tried these toothbrushes. His lasted about a year before completely breaking, going on and off randomly, the head falling off while brushing, and then eventually total failure. Mine lasted 6 months. Seems like a good plan, but the toothbrush base just doesn’t hold up. Not well made.

    • Sue Clark says...

      Same here. Mine lasted six months and then broke in two. The design flaw is where the top part connects to the base. Mine also started to randomnly start and stop. Don’t waste your money. Its a pretty toothbrush, but it’s not designed well.

  7. mary says...

    The toothbrush looks really nice, I don’t understand why a modern product still uses batteries? Worst thing for the environment. Why would anyone develop something like this in the year 2018???

    • Murphy says...

      quip is compatible with rechargeable or replaceable batteries — so you can use a rechargeable if that’s your preference. Hope this helps!

  8. Laura says...

    I’ve started using bamboo toothbrushes. Feels so good to use less plastic, they are available cheaply online and are biodegradable.

    • Murphy says...

      Neat idea, but with quip, you don’t have to replace your entire toothbrush every 3 months which helps cut down on waste. You can easily snap off the portion of your brush head with bristles and recycle the rest (which is most of the brush head!).

  9. Joanna have you ever tried a dental probiotic? my favorite one is hyperbiotics pro dental. As a couple other posters mentioned, dental issues that seem to arise regardless of hygiene routines are likely because of a genetic pre-disposition to produce a certain type of saliva, and a certain type of saliva environment with a certain type of microbiome (disclaimer: I’m totally not a Dr.). A dental probiotic is great for re-balancing your oral micro-biome (also great for ENT issues in general!) Not sponsored, just really like it. I think I’ve bought like 4 bottles by now.

  10. Ellie says...

    Finally a dental post!!!!!! As a dentist, I would also like to chime in on the importance of diet in cavity formation and progression. While oral hygiene is of course super, super important, I think diet plays almost an equally important role.

    We get cavities from bacteria that produce acid in response to carbohydrates that we eat (sugars are carbs too). Your teeth are like big blocks of minerals and they dissolve when the pH of our mouth drops below about 5.5. So every time you put something sugary or carbohydrate rich in your mouth, the pH drops and your teeth are susceptible to “dissolving” and getting cavities. It also takes a few hours after eating for the pH of your mouth to rise again to. Our saliva is responsible for this and the reason why people with dry mouth are more at risk to cavities.

    Sooooooo, with all of this, please do not snack all day, especially on carbohydrate rich things like crackers, pretzels, cookies, granola bars… Do not drink juice or soda or energy drinks. Do not sip your coffee with cream or sugar all morning. Do not EVER let your kid walk around with a sippy cup of anything but water. Please don’t even give your child juice – it’s terrible for their teeth. Even carbonated water is acidic and while it has no sugar, it still exposes your teeth to an acidic environment (looking at you le croix). I tell patients to eat your three meals a day and be done. Obviously, we all need our chocolate and our snacks, but your teeth will thank you if you don’t make this an everyday habit.

    Also for the record, Sonicare is my favorite toothbrush :) happy brushing everyone

    • Meg says...

      Thank you for this PSA! I use the OralB electric toothbrush and always get great check-ups. Appreciate the reminder about snacking and saying NO to juice! (my kid never liked it anyway).

      Cheers!

    • Don’t drink coffee? I dont think so buddy….

  11. Stacie says...

    Uhm done! I have the same cavity problem and I love the simplicity of this product. Went with the couple plan. ?

    • Christina says...

      Hi all – i have switched to charcoal toothpaste and Love it – and thoughts from the dentists on this?

  12. I’m a dentist and I I have been using the Sonicare for years. My teeth are quite prone to stain due to a love of wine and black tea and this is the only thing that helps keep them stain free. I have tried other less expensive electric toothbrushes and although they might have a cooler design, they just don’t work as well.

    As far as cavity prevention goes, it’s all about keeping the pH of your saliva high, on the basic side. Sometimes a poor diet or stomach issues such as GERD can lower your saliva pH essentially bathing your teeth in a constant acidic environment, one that cavity causing bacteria thrives in. Unfortunately due to marketing, most commercial toothpastes and mouthwashes have a shockingly low pH since it extends their shelf life dramatically and most consumers are totally clueless . Sorry for the long post but I hope this comment helps some of your readers prevent some cavities.

    • Jenny Rose says...

      Interesting and didn’t know this. What toothpaste is best for pH?

    • JulieB says...

      Thanks for the information. I’d never heard about ph before. What toothpastes and mouthwashes do you recommend?

    • Jen says...

      This is great information. What toothpaste and mouthwash do you recommend?

    • Natalie Saldivar says...

      I am a dentist as well- I recommend sensodyne without whitening to all of my patients, as it is the least abrasive toothpaste. I hope this helps!

    • I didn’t know how to reply to the posts below, but this company makes a mouth rinse that has a pH of 8.33 ( https://carifree.com/product/ctx3-rinse/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2qrpmZHF2QIVGYGzCh3XlwOAEAAYASAAEgKuDvD_BwE)7 is neutral and Listerine Total Care is 5.44 and Crest Prohealth is 4.27. I usually put patients that I determine to have a high cavity risk on some sort of regimen and monitor them at their checkups but if you follow the plan, maintain healthy diet and brush+ floss, it is unlikely that you will continue to get cavities unless there are other systemic issues coming into play.

    • J. A. Czubati says...

      What toothpaste would you recommend?

    • Andrea says...

      You mentioned that most mouthwashes don’t have the ph due to shelf life. So what mouthwashes would you recommend best to use?

    • Hi Andrea I couldn’t reply to your posts but for patients that are at a high risk of getting tooth decay I recommend carifree mouthwash, you can purchase on Amazon. Thank you!

  13. Anne says...

    I tried this toothbrush and didn’t like it. It’s great looking, but it was so gentle that my teeth didn’t feel clean.

  14. Claire says...

    Not to hijack this conversation but what is the marble on those bathroom countertops, please? ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hi claire, the woman who lived in our apartment beforeus redid the bathroom and chose that marble — i’ll try to get in touch with her to ask her! xo

    • Whitney says...

      It looks like Calcutta Gold, it’s really expensive but so beautiful!

    • Lori H says...

      I would love to know as well. Beautiful marble!

  15. Golden Moon says...

    If salvia health is important what can be done if one is prone toward a dryer mouth and cavities? What’s the overall scoop on ‘healthy salvia’ and cavities? PH? How can we shift it? I’ve never learned about this and it seems like there’s not a lot of education on this aspect for oral health in mainstream dentistry.

    • An alkaline “clean diet”. Making sure you don’t have any stomach issues such as GERD and choosing high pH mouthrinses and toothpastes.

    • Kate says...

      Have you tried swishing with oil? I find I wake up with a dry mouth in the morning, which can lead to cavities. After I brush my teeth at night I swish with a little bit of organic sesame oil, instead of mouthwash, and it keeps my mouth comfortable and cavity free.

  16. Samantha says...

    Does anyone know whether or not the brush heads are recyclable? I couldn’t find anything on their website. I recently switched to a bamboo toothbrush for sustainability reasons but would love to switch back to an electric toothbrush if recycling is an option.

    • b says...

      I would be interested to know this, as well, before purchasing.

  17. Nicole Brant says...

    I love my quip! I’ve tried so many electric toothbrushes and always hated them. I agree, they are very gentle and not at all irritating. Best toothbrush I’ve ever had and I love the automatic delivery of new brush heads. Less waste that way as well. You can also opt out of getting the batteries and use your own rechargeable battery.

  18. Genna says...

    Oh a whim I bought a Japanese charcoal bristle toothbrush at a hipster gift shop in LA (this Morihata Binchotan one: https://tinyurl.com/y9wc23bz ) and my teeth have never felt cleaner with less brushing – it’s kind of wild. It has the softest bristles (gum recession boo) but leaves my teeth feeling so, so clean. My dentist even commented on how he didn’t have to remove anything really on my last visit. I want to try the other manual toothbrushes mentioned here in the comments (curaprox, nimbus microfine, plak smaker ultrafine).

  19. Pintudo says...

    curaprox, period!

  20. sadie says...

    Thanks for the discount offer! :) Purchased one today. I’ve looked at this on and off for a while and, SOLD!

  21. Rachael says...

    I’ve resisted all marketing for this toothbrush so far for a year- but then Joanna writes about it and I instantly feel like I need it. No wonder this blog is so darn successful! No toothbrush cords in our one small apt. bathroom would be a total game changer. It could live in a cupboard!

  22. Gina says...

    I always dread going to the dentist…
    In fact, I would rather have a Pap smear any day!!!
    Love the brush though

    • Mamaju says...

      Lol……that’s Exactly what I’ve said for Years, Gina! Thanks!

  23. I have been using my Quip for about a year and change… I ADORE it. Best Christmas gift last year! My teeth feel dentist -clean after every brushing. I’ve accidentally forgotten it a few times when traveling, and it is awful to go back to a regular brush.

    Growing up, we had a clunky toothbrush where the whole family shared one base, and changed the brush heads (those tiny round ones). I hated it — It felt way too close to sharing a toothbrush, and the vibrations rattled my brain. I had at least 2 cavities each year post-braces, and since Quip, I’ve had perfect feedback from my dentist!

  24. Laetitia says...

    Where does it start at $25?
    I only see a $40 price point.. I don’t like that you have a required subscription…

    • Molly K says...

      Choose one of the last few colors, and the description changes from metal to plastic, and the price changes too. And a few lines under the color options, you can tap on “single brush” or “single set”, and the subscription is no longer included.

    • Nicole Brant says...

      Also, just in case you wonder, there is no difference between the $25 and $40 other than aesthetics. I asked!

    • Murphy says...

      A subscription is encouraged because you should be changing your brush heads every 3 months, otherwise the bristles are no longer doing their job.

    • the cheapest seems to be $35 and not $25?

  25. L says...

    I have a love-hate relationship with your sponsored posts, Joanna. One one hand, I love that they’re almost always for things I really want, and often for things that I’ve already been looking into. On the other hand, sponsored posts that seem to read my mind are dangerous for my wallet. But back to the love side, you usually have discounts and they’re for things that I already want! So I can’t tell if I’m spending more money or actually saving money, but I do know that I’m about to buy that Quip toothbrush I’ve been eyeing for the past couple months.

  26. Tabby says...

    Ohh, be careful with this toothbrush! I switched from my Soniccare and had the worst cleaning at my dentist if my life. They said that they saw a huge uptick in plaque problems with people using Quip and recommended going back to Sonicare or a similar “intense” toothbrush. The Quip is really pretty but I’ve relegated mine to a travel toothbrush (better than a nonvibrating one). My last cleaning after using the Sonicare again was back to normal. I love pretty things and just wanted to share my experience, this is one I’d pass on.

    • Christina says...

      That’s interesting, I had a different experience – changed from Sonicare to quip about a year and a half ago, and my dentist saw an uptick in my overall gum health, and no increase in plaque. I guess everyone is different! Also, I think quip is great for making healthy dental habits accessible for all.

  27. Jennifer P says...

    Sounds wonderful but from an environmental perspective, having new brush heads delivered every three months is a cause for pause. I regularly sanatize my brush head in hydrogen peroxide to eliminate having to buy a new brush so often. Do they recycle or try to used repurposed products?

    • Lily says...

      Replacing the brush head isn’t just about sanitation–dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush/brush head every three months because the bristles get worn out/worn down and don’t do as a good of a job cleaning your teeth. (I learned this the hard way when I tried to forgo replacing my brush heads as frequently and ended up with way more cavities than normal.)

    • MLG says...

      yeah – i also don’t like the need for batteries. i prefer toothbrushes you can charge.

  28. Jen says...

    Is the brush pictured in the first, third, and fourth photos copper or gold? Thanks!

    • Murphy says...

      The brush in those photos is copper.

    • Dayna says...

      I think that’s the copper one, but they offer both copper and gold :)

  29. I’ve been using an electric toothbrush for years, and I, too, have noticed a difference (or should I say my dentist has!). A year or so ago, I started using natural toothpaste (Jason or other brands), and I just had a cleaning and the hygienist was impressed that I didn’t have much build-up (tartar/ plaque/whatever else builds up). I’m not a dentist, but I do wonder if there’s a connection.

    • Caitlin says...

      This happened to me too! I was worried that it would be the opposite since natural products sometimes have a reputation for under-performing. Not the case though, as I also impressed my hygienist!

    • What natural toothpaste do you use? I’ve used the Arm & Hammer baking soda brand which I liked but I don’t know if that’s particularly natural or would do a better job.

    • Katy says...

      I’ve always used Jason or Tom’s of Maine and liked both of those options a lot but recently tried the charcoal toothpaste by Hello and it’s my new favorite! My teeth feel so clean and it’s kind of cool to use a black toothpaste.

    • Ellie says...

      Hello! I am a dentist and cringe at “natural” toothpastes being used. Same for charcoal toothpastes. They have no fluoride and are basically glorified mud. Fluoride is anti cavity and unless you are specifically trying to be fluoride free, I would highly reconsider your use of these toothpastes. They have no connection to less plaque or calculus (also know as tarter). If you do a good job brushing AND flossing you will not have either. I frequently write prescriptions for higher fluoride toothpastes so your teeth can have more exposure. Please don’t do yourself the disservice of not using a fluoridated dentifrice!!!!

    • Anastasia says...

      I started making my own toothpaste, mostly coconut oil, baking soda and calcium carbonate powder to help strengthen the enamel and my teeth have never felt cleaner! It’s a bit more effort and sometimes hard to squeeze since coconut oil is hard at room temp, but it’s been worth it for me. I got the recipe from The Wellness Mama website.

  30. Capucine says...

    A dental researcher explained I never get cavities because genetically I have thicker enamel. Thick enamel also means my teeth are a yellower tone.

    And – my husband has genetically very thin enamel, which gives him strikingly white teeth, and lots of cavities and fine cracks.

    Pretty as white is, I have really loved my tooth color ever since I learned that.

    • Hi! I’m a dentist. Thick enamel should mean whiter teeth. The enamel is like a crystal, hard and white. The layer under the enamel is called dentin and its a little softer and yellow.

      But you’re right that thick enamel will make it harder to get cavities.

  31. Meg says...

    Love the new transparency!
    Much appreciated in a world where lines blurred.

  32. This post sort of speaks to me. I hate electric toothbrushes because they’re bulky and, frankly, ugly. I know. What does it say about me that I won’t use a toothbrush because of how it looks? These are much more pleasing, and the thought of them being gentle is a bonus. I can’t believe they’re so cheap. I spent $60 on the electric toothbrush that sits discarded underneath my bathroom sink. Sigh. Also, has anyone else discovered a tongue scraper? I just got one. #lifechanger

    • Nicole Brant says...

      Right?! I really don’t know why these aren’t mentioned more! I love my tongue scraper. Makes breath so much fresher, takes that gross film off in the morning, lovely device.

  33. Erin says...

    yes! i’ve been using quip for nearly a year now! and just after 6 months of usage, my first dentist visit, i basically had very little tartar/plaque on my teeth… i go back in a month and I’m confident my teeth will be even better! it is truly an amazing toothbrush!

  34. I have a sonic card and love it. My husband bought an air flossed and I thought it was stupid… until I used it. I love it!

    My mouth is a mess. I need my wisdom teeth removed, 2 have ruptured and im afraid of being put under to have them taken out. Where I grew up it isn’t standard practice to take them out unless they’re causing problems.
    We move a lot so I never see the same dentist more than a few times which adds to my dental care stress. Some have been great, painless, some not so much.

    • Reem says...

      I was in the same situation – moved a lot (actually hadn’t been to the dentist in years), and needed 2 wisdom teeth removed as well as a broken molar (yikes!). Try to find a kind, no-frills dentist, which made it easier for me to make the appointment and go in for it. I think part of it, for me, was being embarrassed, so the reviews about the nice female dentist helped. Once it’s over, you won’t even think about it! Good luck my dear.

  35. Thanks. I never heard of this brand. Dental health is so important.

  36. Susan M says...

    My daughter got this toothbrush about 6 months ago and has noticed a big difference.

  37. that’s me and my husbands oral health history!!! how unfair is it!!? I mean…
    I’ve always had all the care, and my husband was careless (especially in early years).
    Also, pregnancy really afects negatively your oral health.

    Any way… you have a beautiful smile Joanna, wouldn’t think of cavities (people often tell me the same about my smile… I do smile a lot, it’s like my trade mark, along with my thick eyebrows :)

    kisses from Lisbon, Portugal

  38. Nathalie says...

    My dentist recommended sealant on the molars of my children. Despite good dental hygiene, my children had cavities because their molars have deep fissures that are really hard to get at (and because of genetics? My husband has a lot of cavities!) It’s been a few years and we haven’t had any more problems. My dentist also told me I should wait on getting an electric toothbrush for my children until they could properly brush with a normal one. The quips are so pretty though!

    • L says...

      I have the deep fissures problem too and I get cavities from it. Meanwhile, my husband drinks sugary drinks, eats a lot of candy, and has ice cream daily and has had 2 cavities to my 8.

  39. Andrea says...

    I’m the “no cavities” person in my household, while my husband is constantly having issues. I think that maybe it was the twice-yearly cleanings and fluoride treatments I had as a kid… I still have my wisdom teeth, too!

    • Capucine says...

      This is my house! A dental researcher explained I have genetically thicker (and therefore yellower) enamel, and my husband has genetically thin (and therefore whiter) enamel. I got my first cavity at 37 after nine months of pregnancy vomiting, but he has to have work done every.single.time he goes in for his cleaning checkup.

  40. Too bad they’re not recycling the heads. I’ve been using a sonicare for years and I was just thinking that I wish there was an electric toothbrush with a recyclable head.
    And a side note… I’m all about dental tourism. I moved to Cambodia a couple of years ago and a tooth broke in half like two days before we were leaving the states. I was nervous- but once we settled in for a couple of days, I found a reputable dentist who did an excellent root canal and crown for $300. My sister had also had one done (Denver area) in the last year that was ten times that! Anyway- you can pay for a trip to SE Asia with your savings!!

  41. Ashley says...

    I get bad stains on my teeth, so I knew I needed to get an electric toothbrush. I got a quip this past Christmas & I LOVE it. I definitely notice a difference. And it’s so light weight & pretty. You know you’re an adult when one of your fave Christmas presents is a toothbrush. :)

  42. Kara says...

    This is my story! Went to the dentist at 23 and found out I had 12 cavities and needed a root canal (ugh the worst!). Then a couple years later I got an abscess in the root canal tooth under the crown even though it didn’t crack or anything and my jaw swelled to the size of a baseball. And of course my husband has zero cavities.

    Reading all the comments there are so many women like this with no-cavity husbands. I wonder if women are more prone to getting cavities? Also another topic for the ask a dentist column: how to deal with dentist anxiety.

    • L says...

      Yes, I have terrible dentist anxiety even though I’ve never had any dental problems other than some cavity filling and my wisdom teeth removed before they even became a problem. I have so many fears at the dentist: that it’ll hurt, that I’ll have more cavities or even worse problem, but also stupid things like that I’ll get a stuffy nose and I’ll need to breath through my mouth while they’re working in there or even just that I’m drooling all over my face and I have somewhere to be after my appointment and don’t want blood and drool on my cheeks.

    • I’m a dentist- so sorry for all of your dental troubles! The easiest way to ease your dental anxiety is to ask for nitrous (laughing gas) every time. Even for cleanings. You will slowly develop a better association with the dentist and it will get easier over time. Laughing gas is relatively safe, wears off very quickly, and just makes things a little easier.

    • Ellie says...

      Hi Kara, I’m also a dentist and second what Nina has said about nitrous oxide. Also please know that cavities are not genetic and there is no science to support that women are more prone to cavities than men. All of these cavity free husbands are just crazy coincidence :)

      Keep up the brushing and flossing!! Ask your dentist about Prevident5000 toothpaste which has higher fluoride to prevent cavities.

    • Reem says...

      Aaah I also got an abscess under a root canal tooth once! It was the most painful thing ever, and I was working at a conference in Juba, South Sudan at the time! It was embarrassing, and scary because the clinic I went to didn’t have any electricity or running water. I opted not to get a shot for the pain, and took some pills until my flight the next day.

  43. Bec says...

    My dentist said I grind at might. I was unaware he had seen me in the club ;)

    • Stephanie says...

      As a fellow grinder, I laughed at this!

    • Lol I love that this was the first comment…

    • Fatima says...

      Hahahahaha

    • Toni says...

      HILARIOUS!

    • Emily says...

      Hahahahaha! Thanks for the laugh, Bec! Good one.

    • Bec says...

      Haha glad there are others out there who appreciate lame jokes! Even with darn typos argh

    • Jeanette Freeman says...

      you can get a mouth guard either from your dentist or a sports store (much cheaper). A mouth guard has saved my teeth. JF

  44. wb says...

    Seconding an “ask a dentist” profile. I haven’t been to the dentist in a couple years. Dentists don’t seem to understand TMJ!

    • Sara Dill says...

      Try going to a physical therapist who works with it! Most are trained in ways to help TMJ or at least exercises and massage techniques to help with discomfort etc.!

    • Rachel says...

      Seconding physical therapy, and you can also look for a dentist that specializes in TMJ! Mine does, and he’s helped me sooo much. Turns out my headaches are caused by my TMJ, which my dentist figured out.

    • Jessie says...

      I found a new dentist who specializes in TMJ. He said i must clench my jaw at night and that was causing my unbearable headaches. It’s been a game changer. I’ve had my mouth guard for just over one month and not one headache since.

  45. I love preserve toothbrushes. I send it in when I’m done and they get made into benches. The handles are made from recycled yogurt contains. The plastic from the handle has three lives. They come in great colors, like baby blue and white. And they angle backwards for hard to reach areas.

    • Nina says...

      You should contact the makers of this and that brand, and see if they can combine forces.

  46. Viet says...

    I used quip for quite some time and I didn’t care for it. It doesn’t clean your teeth like a standard electric tooth brush, it just vibrates a little but you still have to move your hand around to make the strokes to get a decent clean. Why not just use a regular toothbrush? It got kind of ridiculous so I quit using it and switched to a standard electric toothbrush. It is pretty though but not worth it in my opinion.

  47. Lyn says...

    Something delicious: found a recipe for vegan lo mein and made it last night for supper. So good!

    What I’m looking forward to: an upcoming trip to Seattle. I’m giving a presentation at a conference there that will be attended by a bunch of journalists and scholars who spend their lives writing about and studying popular music. Can’t wait!

    What’s worrying me: school shootings, and my dog’s declining health.

    If I could go anywhere: I’d go to Reykjavik, in Iceland. When I was in high school, a dear friend at summer camp was from Reykjavik. I love cold weather, and the photos she sent me make Reykjavik seem like a wonderful, magical place. And I would love to see her again, now that we’re all grown up.

    My childhood celebrity crush: Mark Spitz, the Olympic swimmer.

  48. Lindsay says...

    I’ve given myself several pats on the back after my new dentist went on and on about how clean my teeth were and he was surprised I didn’t use an electric toothbrush. I swear part of it is finding the best toothbrush ever: The Plak Smacker Ultrafine Toothbrush. My old dentist gave them out and my husband and I refuse all other toothbrushes now so I just order them online. They’re super soft.

    My mind is finally at ease now that I’ve told the world about my love of a toothbrush!

  49. M.K says...

    My husband and I have had quip for A few years but I decided to stop using mine because I felt the bristles were too rough on my gums. Yes, they are “soft” but I like extra soft bristles. Otherwise my gums get unhappy. I asked Quip and they are working on getting an extra soft option- when they do I will go back to using it. (In the meantime I’m using Nimbus Microfine manual brushes which are awesome for sensitive teeth/ gums).

  50. teef says...

    A tip for other readers with lots of cavities: I get treated at a university dental school clinic. The student dentist is overseen by a faculty member who inspects their work at every stage of the process, and it’s about $90 per filling.

  51. Melissa Rosen says...

    I had 14 cavities. And I brushed 2x a day. All in between teeth. Awfully mortifying…is the type of saliva, etc. I feel like an oral hygiene loser. And I try!!

    • // says...

      I just had to get nearly a dozen fillings so I feel your pain! I hate how it’s made out to be some sort of fault if you have cavities… Like you aren’t doing a good enough job. Nonsense. Plenty of people do the same or less and don’t have a problem. Just wanted you to know you aren’t alone!

    • Emma says...

      I second that. Somehow dental stuff is not seen as medical, although it is so much! I had a lot of issues with grinding and jawpain in the past couple of years and not only were dentists and surgeons at a loss for a really long time (while I was in pain – try being a women with pain and find someone who treats your physical problems and does not just think it is psychological).

      But during my odyssey I found out that there are several illnesses which can influence your your teeth and gum health, especially hormone related things like thyroid imbalances (turns out I have Hashimoto). I guess it is the same reason pregnancy and teeth problems are related. I think this is not talked about enough.

      After all that my dentist still approved of my teeth brushing skills and I am ‘allowed’ to not use and electric toothbrush ;) I found out that children’s brushes work best for me, they are smaller and softer (and even without any frills) good for reaching every nook.

    • Fatima says...

      There are some cavity causing foods (cariogenic foods) like for instance oatmeal. You should read into it it could be your diet that s causing it.

  52. alison says...

    I really wanted to love Quip and gave it a try over my sonicare toothbrush. I didn’t feel like it ever got my teeth as clean as the sonicare and ended up returning it. I SO wanted to love it though!

    • Emma says...

      Same thing happened to me — was so hoping to love it, but my teeth felt much cleaner when I used the Sonicare.

  53. TjP says...

    They are cuter than portable toothbrushes, but I have a hard time believing that they are better than my Sonicare. I have great teeth (luck+obsessive flossing) but definitely notice coffee and wine *ahem* stains if I use anything other than my Sonicare.

  54. Emily says...

    I LOVE my quip. My husband got it for me last Christmas along with the 1 year subscription (he was dismayed by my boring request, but I really wanted it). I love that it works well and the subscription means I don’t have to think about when it’s time to change the brush. They even send you a battery. I’ve also started using a waterpik in place of flossing (which I never actually did) and my dentist has complimented me at both of my checkups!

  55. Janel says...

    I just started using the Burst Toothbrush which is similar in features and subsrcription service. My teeth have never felt cleaner. I am still getting used to it and not making a huge mess all over myself and my bathroom ( don’t pull the toothbrush out of your mouth while it’s on) But due to some recent gum issues and keeping them healthy, I chose to start with a brush change. So far I’m really liking it! Burst touts a battery charge ONCE A MONTH ( if you brush twice a day ) before recharging the brush. I love that! And it has charcoal infused bristles that are supposed to naturally whiten your teeth over time. I also like that the brush comes in Black ( I got black) and white.

  56. Julia E says...

    Best dental info (and brushes): https://www.orawellness.com/ . not sponsored. unpaid. I just a super happy customer :-)

  57. Denise says...

    I am similarly cavity prone and have had cavities my whole life until my ‘magic’ switch to flouride mouth wash! I can’t stand ACT, though it’s the most recommended, but I love Tom’s Of Maine Juicy Mint Natural Kid’s Alcohol-Free MouthWash with Flouride. I use it every day and have had 0 cavities in the years since I began using it. I haven’t switched to an electronic toothbrush yet – seems like a costly thing to add to my essentials list but it may be worth it. These brushes are at least cute!

    • Denise says...

      Oops – Flouride? Fluoride.

    • Robin says...

      Thank you for the recommendation! I’ve tried my dentist’s recc (can’t remember the brand) and couldn’t stand it.

    • Jenna says...

      Crest also has alcohol free fluoride mouthwashes without dyes and SLS. I’d go to the drugstore and see all the options, but not one with the combination I wanted. Why are so many mouthwashes fluorescent colors? Once I found one I like I use it a lot more.

  58. Laura says...

    I feel like this is a little misleading… if you go for the $25 toothbrush, then refills are $10 rather than the listed $5.

    • Sara says...

      The refills are still $5 for the brush head just like with the higher priced metal brushes. The $10 refill includes a large toothpaste.

  59. Ann says...

    We had quips for about a year, and I have to say I would not recommend them. I was really excited about them, and LOVED not having to think about buying replacement toothbrushes or toothpaste. And I loved the thoughtful details like sending travel sized toothpaste–I still use those on trips. I mostly bought quip because I wanted an electric brush that didn’t get gross goop in it. And quip doesn’t! But, their brushes broke for me and my boyfriend–each–two times. The motor would just stop working, or the replacement brush head wouldn’t fit correctly on the base. Each time, I wrote to customer service, and instead of replacing our brushes or motors immediately, I had to take multiple pictures of the brushes and then eventually had to send the whole brush back to them in the mail to be “inspected.” For a company that is all about ease and not having to worry about your toothbrush, having to send our brush back in order to get a replacement was just too much. The second time it happened to me, I gave up. I recently switched back to a sonicare, and I have to admit, my teeth are SO much cleaner. And I switched to the diamondcare which has no goop!!! I loved the idea of quip, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

    • amanda june says...

      This is good to know. I love the idea and simplicity of Quip so I’ve been tempted, but I currently use a Sonicare that I’m really happy with. It’s just bulky for traveling (I travel a lot), refill heads are expensive, etc. That said, sometimes you really do get what you pay for. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Jeanne says...

      Thanks Ann! This is the info I want to know about.

    • Kathy says...

      I also had a quip and had similar problems with it. The head would snap off while I was brushing because it didn’t fit on snugly enough. And by snap off, I mean go flying. Once it landed in the toilet! (I went back to my manual toothbrush until I got the replacement head.)

      I recently switched to an old-school electric toothbrush (Oral-B) and vastly prefer it to quip.

    • Brooke says...

      My experience too! I was excited about the toothbrush because it was so cute. But it stopped working and I would replace the battery and it would work for a week and then die. I went through the return process and they sent me a new one that seemed to be okay for a few months and then it just died too. I’m not sure it’s worth it. Boo.

    • Kristin says...

      Same! I’ve actually been scrolling these comments to see if I’m alone in the boat of having an awful experience with Quip. Especially the terrible customer service — I was truly shocked by how they seemed to disbelieve me and how many hoops they made me jump through to replace a *$5 brush head*. I roll my eyes now every time a podcast I listen to shills Quip saying, “it’s as if Apple designed a toothbrush.”

    • Tori says...

      SAME. so much for being less wasteful. It snapped and then pinched my skin!

  60. Wendy says...

    My teen son has autism and has a super-sensitive mouth. Usually electric brushes are too much for him but I’m excited to try these!

  61. Jessica W. says...

    How funny you posted this! My friend has this toothbrush she calls the “hipster toothbrush” and swears by it. I just got back from the dentist yesterday to get my (SECOND) crown put on…I am 24! I have the weakest enamel and always have problems with my teeth even though I brush and floss religiously. My husband on the other hand has to be taught what a cavity is. Whatever. Thanks for posting this, definitely going to get one!

    • Sandra says...

      I just wanted to say I feel your pain. I have had bad teeth since I was a kid…tons of cavities, fillings despite good brushing habits and going to the dentist religiously every 6 months. My husband didn’t go to the dentist for 10 YEARS before he met me, and he’s only had one cavity his whole life. So not fair.

    • Ro says...

      Same. My boyfriend hardly ever takes care of his mouth and has glistening pearly whites that are strong as rocks. And then there’s me, with all my flosses and mouth washes and expensive toothpastes and my teeth are practically falling out of my head.

  62. Sarah says...

    I’m a dentist/avid CoJ reader and I get so jazzed about dental posts!! I was at a dental convention recently and the Quip booth had a line of millennial-aged dentists longer than any other booth, they are killing it with the advertising!

    Things to remember to avoid dental problems:
    1) DON’T AVOID THE DENTIST
    2) Use a soft toothbrush, I know it seems counterintuitive, but your teeth and gums will thank you.
    3) Use an electric toothbrush, the brand isn’t super important, find one you like.
    4) FLOSS!!! Flossing is more important than brushing, fact.
    5) Use remineralizing mouth rinses, some cavities are small enough that they can turn back into healthy enamel with fluoride rinses, try ACT! And go for alcohol free rinses which are softer on your tissues.
    6) If you are prone to cavities, ask your dentist if a prescription strength toothpaste is right for you.
    7) If you think you are clenching or grinding your teeth, don’t wait to break a tooth or develop jaw pain, GET A NIGHTGUARD.

    • C says...

      Thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, sarah!!!!!! these are amazing tips.

    • Anna says...

      Any general tips for teeth grinding? I do it when I’m really focused (I did it while reading this article!) Since the grinding happens during the day and often unconsciously, I’m not sure how to address it.

    • Oh man, now I want an “ask a dentist” post, similar to the one with the gynecologist. Until then, these are great tips!

    • Tis says...

      Would you recommend the kids’ version of ACT? I’m worried about dyes and/or sugars/additives. Our boys seem to have inherited my teeth (lots of cavities despite all the care!) and this round of six cavities on our 8-year-old is a pretty good hit to the wallet. :(

    • Daniela says...

      Thank you!

    • Sarah says...

      Tis,
      I like ACT for kids (particularly if you live in an area with un-fluoridated water or you tend to give your kids bottled water). If the dyes make you nervous, you could always ask your dentist or pediatrician for the chewable fluoride tablets which don’t have much in the way of additives. If your kids aren’t great brushers, I really like Listerine’s Agent Cool Blue, which is a disclosing solution. After they swish with it, a blue dye sticks to the plaque left behind and they can return to brushing until its all gone.

    • Lauren says...

      Whats your take on tongue scraping?

    • Sarah says...

      Anna, clenching and grinding is tricky, and your jaw is a super complex set of joints/muscles. If you feel like you clench during the day, you can try a day-guard (I make lower guards that don’t cover the front teeth so they don’t look crazy if you are in public). Botox is also being used extra/intra-orally to prevent clenching/grinding/headaches with HUGE success.

      Laura, there is no evidence that tongue scraping does much in the way of preventing bad breath or removing bacteria. That being said… I do it. I like it, and I think it does help me personally. So I’d say personal preference but not necessary.

    • shannon says...

      Can we welcome Sarah back for a post on “questions you’ve always wanted to ask your dentist”?! ?

    • Maddy says...

      I cracked a tooth and finally broke down and purchased a custom mouthguard. I bought the thickest version and it’s worked wonderfully for the last 2 years (I had been wearing both upper and lower retainers and the mouthguard is tight enough – and perfectly comfortable! -that my teeth haven’t moved). My dental insurance wouldn’t pay for it – I was quoted $500 and so I ordered it on Amazon. I highly recommend!!!! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0769YSBNX/ref=sspa_mw_detail_0?psc=1

    • Emma says...

      I would add a few things:

      – drink a lot of water!
      – don’t drink sugary drinks and avoid sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time (there is still plenty of sweet stuff left to enjoy, just drink water with your sweets)
      – both apply especially if you tend to have a dry mouth (many medications have this side effect e.g. antidepressants)

      Also beware: Not all nightguards are created equal, it should be as slim as possible with an even bite that applies pressure to all teeth equally. Otherwise it can put too much strain on an individual tooth (which will cause new problems), so going back to your dentist’s office and have it fitted a few times is definitely worth it!

    • Jamie says...

      Another dentist here!! I agree with the things that Sarah & Emma said for sure (especially the part about not all bite guards being created equal and using a fluoride rinse without alcohol since dry mouth is so prevalent and detrimental). Also, we’ve got to stop attaching moral values to dental “problems.” You wouldn’t stub your toe or twist your ankle and be angry with yourself for not working hard enough to prevent it. Obviously, oral hygiene is important but it should be part of a larger health picture.

    • Nina says...

      Sarah – thanks for chiming in. I have to say that I feel so uncomfortable going to the dentist (and haven’t gone because of that) because they are mean! Hearing them complain about patients or make fun of people who are scared (terrified here) and rolling their eyes at adults being more scared then kids, etc. I know I shouldn’t care but being chastised by an adult when you are paying them (I floss and brush regularly but genetically have tooth issues) or knowing they’ll all be talking about you and anyone who overhears isn’t a comfortable situation for me when I’m already stressed out to the max.

    • Emily says...

      Great tips, Sarah! I love my night guard, despite it being the least sexy item I own. Gotta look out for #1!

  63. Christy says...

    So funny you would post this today! I’ve always had bad teeth too and DREAD checkups. Today I had my first “all clear!” checkup in 2 years! I use an electric toothbrush, but what I really think did the trick is Ice Cubes gum-apparently any gum with xylitol in it kills sugars in your mouth! Highly recommend!

  64. Lucie says...

    My dentist believes that toothbrushes with cords are more reliable… However, I’m tempted to get a quip toothbrush for travelling. I love how sleek and practical they look !

  65. Anne says...

    I caved to internet/blogger pressure and switched from my Oral B electric brush to the Quip, and my teeth never felt clean until I switched back to the OG O-B. Plus, rechargeable batteries are better than tossing batteries every three months!

  66. Teresa says...

    Do your kids use it?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! we just started having them use electric toothbrushes, and they love the “cool” factor and the beeps. definitely helps them brush for longer amounts of time.

    • Katy says...

      Our whole family has been using Quip for 6 months or so, and we all love it. This includes two young boys 2.5 and 4.5. At that age, we still brush their teeth for them, then let them brush on their own. But they think the little vibrations are fun, and the LOVED that they got to pick the color. We stick them on our bathroom mirror, and they like that their tooth brushes hang next to mom and dads. And the subtle 30 second timer is so nice, just a gentle reminder to move on to another quadrant. I’m so happy with Quip.

    • Gen says...

      My hygienist recommends electric for kids – apparently they get a better brush that way.

    • Jasmine says...

      We’ve had ours for over a year. I’d also like to add that their customer service has been fantastic. We’ve had a handful of problems (brush heads that didn’t snap on securely, handle connectors that warped when we cleaned them between refills) and Quip has sent us replacements each time after quickly assessing the issue. The aesthetics and convenience have me sold. (And I TOTALLY believe my kids are brushing better…)

  67. // says...

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who gets an embarrassing number of cavities. I just went to the dentist for the first time in a couple years (even at 30, I still dread it and avoid it) and had almost a dozen cavities. So awful. Since then, per her advice, I’ve started using an electric toothbrush (an Oral B I think), floss (I got the picks and like those better than regular floss, so hopefully they’re equally effective), and Listerine. Fingers crossed it all helps so my next check-up has less horrifying results.

    • Lizzie says...

      Yeah, I feel so much better about the 4 fillings I got last month! It was so embarrassing, but look, things happen. And I’m also in the my-spouse-never-gets-cavities camp, which is doubly frustrating.

  68. Lisa says...

    I have used a sonicare for years! My teeth don’t feel clean when I manually brush. I just upgraded my dying toothbrush handle to their (admittedly, very) expensive new bluetooth option. I freaking love it. I had a little mouth picture, decides if I haven’t spent enough time on one area, tells me if I am moving the toothbrush too much or applying too much pressure. It reminds me to floss and as a result, I’m flossing way more.

    We also got the kids Sonicare brushes for Christmas. The kids have a little pet and if they don’t brush, the pet has dirty teeth. They get prizes (food for their pet, burps – lol, my kids’ favorite, spray paint to change the fur color). My kids (4 and 6) practically beg to brush teeth now.

    • Katie says...

      I LOVE my Sonicare. I’ve given friends a toothbrush head and told them to try it, and two of them have gone out and bought them for themselves. It just puts all other brushing experiences to shame!

    • Courtney M says...

      Love this concept to encourage kids to brush more/better. Can I ask which Sonicare you use for yourself & kids? There are so many to choose from on Amazon!

    • Tina says...

      I see there are different Sonicare models, is there a specific model which is top notch or would a cheaper Sonicare do the job also?

    • Lisa says...

      @courntey m this is the kids one we bought: Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, HX63… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YAR7ZL6/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_FB4JAbNHN2DAK

      We got it at Costco. I think it was a 2 for $50 deal at the time. It uses a kids Sonicare app. I think it does a great job of helping them learn to brush all
      Over by themselves

      @tina so many options! We went with the diamond clean SMART. I have a tendency to brush too hard. So the pressure feedback was a key feature for us.

      Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Smart Electric 9300 Series Rechargeable Toothbrush for Complete Oral Care, Grey, HX9903/41 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSH2SS8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_5jxvv92BC3TKh

  69. Cat C says...

    I used this brush for a year, switching from a Sonicare, and the health of my gums and mouth went down hill. It’s perhaps an improvement if you just use a regular brush, simply due to the two minute timer, but otherwise it’s just ~aesthetics~

    • Katie says...

      Sonicare is the BEST. You get what you pay for.

    • Lizzie says...

      Really good to know! Guess I’ll stick with my bulky Sonicare for now.

    • Lauren says...

      Sonicare is the BEST. Hands down.

  70. Lindsey says...

    How long have you been using the Quip brush, Jo? I’d like to give it a shot!

    • Lindsey says...

      I just reread the post and saw you said a couple of years :D

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!

  71. Alli says...

    Ehhh, I didn’t love my Quip. The vibrations didn’t feel “strong” enough to feel squeaky clean for me (although that’s part of their thing – saying they’re gentle and “appropriately” strong). I ended up going back to my Sonicare.

    That being said – their customer service was SUPER and they totally stand behind their product! If you’re looking for a gentler electric brush, this might be perfect!

  72. katie says...

    This is the second time today I’ve read/heard about this particular toothbrush. The universe must be telling me something.

    • Lucie says...

      The universe, or… quip marketing team ?! ;)

    • Nina says...

      haha Lucie, I thought the same thing. some great influencer marketing strategist.

  73. Brigid says...

    I love my quip brush, but I do think they have a bit of a short lifespan. I think it’s partially due to the fact that they are so slim and not bulky, which means the pieces are a bit more fragile. But I’m a HUGE fan of the fact that they ship you a replacement brush head every three months (I was the worst about changing the brushes on my last electric toothbrush!) and the design is so sleek. Totally worth the cost of replacing it every year or so in my opinion!

    • Jasmine says...

      I was about to give up after about a year of Quip because of the fragile construction you speak of… but when I emailed them about our issues, they replaced our handles. (Part of your account info shows how much you’ve spent over time, and my $255 investment in Quip brushes and refills made me double-check with customer service.)

  74. NM says...

    I’m on their website right now and I don’t see a $25 option, it looks like they start at $45. Am I missing something? Thanks.

    • Shane says...

      You just have to click the little color buttons and the price changes for certain colors

  75. Allison says...

    Hahaha, this reminds me of that Aziz Ansari bit — “Every toothbrush I bought on a hunch has been fine. I’ve never been disappointed in a toothbrush. Why waste my time trying to find the best? Have you ever run into someone with no teeth and asked, “What happened?” And they replied, “Bought the wrong toothbrush. Should have done more research.””

    That said, I’ve looked into Quip before; the branding is alluring, but internet consensus seemed to be that electric toothbrushes aren’t really that much better. True? False?

    • Caroline L says...

      Haha! I have been lucky with my teeth overall but I have had less plaque since I started using the sonicare. I think it’s much better than non-electric and my mouth feels way cleaner. I haven’t used other electric toothbrushes to compare, although my dad recently told me about quip and I’m intrigued.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      not sure if all dentists agree, but for what it’s worth, my dentist told me that brushing with a regular toothbrush is basically like not brushing at all. electric toothbrushes are SO much more effective. that really sold me.

      also sometimes use prescription-strength toothpaste, which doesn’t taste as good but seems to work well. i need everything i can get for my teeth, eeps.

  76. Amy says...

    I’m glad the electric toothbrush is helping! My dentist is pretty keen on people using them too; apparently they see fewer cavities with people who use them. My dentist also tells me that different kinds of saliva leads to more/fewer cavities – apparently I have “strong saliva” that helps prevent cavities. On the flip side, I also get worse breath and my saliva stretches without breaking easily (meaning you see those strings of saliva from top to bottom of my mouth occasionally).

    • Kellyn says...

      I’m so intrigued by this, Amy!

    • Becky says...

      I learned I produced a lot of saliva when I went to have a crown done. When creating the mold, it needs to stay in your mouth for 5 mins but need to be dry. Saliva was pouring out of my mouth before 3 mins lol the staff and I had a good laugh

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so fascinating!

  77. m.cam says...

    These are the best toothbrushes!