Real Simple’s Top 20 Health Products
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Philips Sonicare Flexcare Toothbrush
This updated version has a one-minute quick-clean feature for between meals, as well as a full three-minute cycle. (A beeping timer reminds you to brush all areas equally.) The UV sanitizer kills up to 99 percent of bacteria on the brush.
To buy: $116, amazon.com.
Braun Thermoscan Exac Temp Ear Thermometer
This thermometer gives an accurate readout in seconds―no waiting with a hard-to-read thermometer under the tongue―making it ideal for everyone, including antsy toddlers.
To buy: $44.50, amazon.com.
Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews
Each chewable square has 500 milligrams of calcium, as well as supplemental vitamins D and K, which can help increase bone density dramatically and thus help stave off osteoporosis. And the five flavors actually taste good.
To buy: $9 at drugstores.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
It's been around for more than 50 years, but this thick ointment is still the dermatologist's secret weapon for keeping small cuts protected and moist (which can speed healing) and hydrating dry, cracked, or sensitive skin.
To buy: $5.50 for 1.75 ounces at drugstores.
Reach Access Flosser
The long, ergonomic handle and angled neck help you floss even the hardest-to-reach areas without jamming your hand in your mouth. The disposable heads snap easily on and off and are made of break-resistant uncoated floss.
To buy: $2.50 at drugstores.