Electric ToothbrushesQ:  Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

In a 2014 study, an independent panel found powered toothbrushes remove 21% more plaque than manual brushes.  The built in 2 minute timer is also helpful since the ADA has found that most people brush their teeth less than 1 minute.

Q:  What kind of bristles are ideal?

Hard bristles are best reserved for tasks like cleaning grout between your bathroom tile.  Experts recommend a soft bristle brush that will not damage delicate gum tissue.  The flexible bristles can flex and better remove plaque from the gum sulcus surrounding each tooth.

Q:  What tooth paste should I use?

Any tooth paste that has fluoride should do the trick.  Fluoride helps prevent cavities and strengthens your enamel.  Be careful of “fad” toothpastes such as activated charcoal – they could actually cause damage.  Charcoal is abrasive and could wear down your teeth, leading to sensitivity.

Q:  Should I floss?

Yes.  Brushing can not reach every bit of a tooth’s surface.  That’s where floss can help.  Good flossing involves rubbing the floss in a “C” shape against both sides of each tooth.