Okay, let's get this out of the way: don't all electric toothbrushes seem like vibrators for your mouth?

We're actually totally at peace with the similarities. In fact, we don't even know how to brush our teeth anymore unless there are batteries involved. How do you know when to move to the next quadrant unless you hear a beep?

As an ardent lover of the vibratory toothbrush, we were quite pleased to be offered a sneak preview of the Oral B Pulsonic. We've been using it for a few days, and so far...we like!
First, it is incredibly cool looking. Super slim, light and with a silver plate on the handle, it's almost as small as a non-motorized toothbrush. After trying the svelte Pulsonic, it felt like we needed two hands to hold our old Sonicare.

Next, it was nice to have two speeds, regular and sensitive, which is less intense-feeling. One of the complaints about these kinds of toothbrushes is that it's a lot of action for sensitive gums to get used to. We think this would be an excellent gateway brush for those new to the whole toothbrush-shaking-in-your-mouth thing.

The box says that it's also supposed to "promote naturally whiter teeth" but we haven't noticed any particular smile brightening, yet. It's only been a few days, so maybe it takes a little longer.

Also, there is a "precision tip brush head" attachment, which looks like it's supposed to be used between your teeth, but that's too scary for us to do at home. Flossing is bad enough, we're not ready for DIY deep gum cleansing. That's why dentists and nitrous oxide were invented.

The only down side we can see is that the on/off button is very touch sensitive. It doesn't come with a case, and you can't detach the battery. That means it will be a tricky item to travel with, and you'll risk having the baggage guys think you brought your Magic Wand with you to Disney World.

It's available for pre-order on various sites, and comes out in September. If it's time to upgrade, this is a good choice, especially if you're mainly a home body.