Brushing your teeth twice daily is the single most important step you can take towards preventing tooth decay. Therefore, choosing a brush that will effectively clean not only your teeth, but also your gums and tongue, is critical
In general, electric toothbrushes, like Sonicare, provide the most thorough cleaning. This is a result of several factors. First, the oscillating motion of the head allows the bristles to reach further than those on a manual toothbrush. Second, the rapid movement of the bristles eliminates plaque quickly and easily. And because many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers, users are more likely to brush for a longer period of time (2 minutes) than they would with a manual toothbrush (30 seconds on average). Electric toothbrushes are especially beneficial for children, who don’t always brush as thoroughly or as frequently as they should.
If the price of an electric toothbrush is beyond your reach, don’t worry. According to the American Dental Association, a high-quality, soft-bristled manual brush is still very effective at removing plaque provided you brush properly twice daily.
Make sure your dental hygiene routine includes the use of fluoridated toothpaste. Sensodyne and Biotene are good choices for patients with dry mouth.