Best Way to Brush Your Teeth? No Agreement

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    Aug 16, 2014 3:46 PM GMT
    NYT: When it comes to the best way to brush your teeth, experts do not agree.

    Some sources, like the American Dental Association, recommended the Bass technique — holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum and making very short back-and-forth movements.

    Others preferred the Fones technique, which requires large, sweeping circles over the teeth with the toothbrush at right angles to the tooth surface.

    At least three other variations were suggested by other sources. Some said to brush for two minutes, some for two to three, and others for at least three minutes. Some experts said twice a day; others said three times at least.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/best-way-to-brush-your-teeth-experts-disagree/?ref=health
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 17, 2014 3:26 PM GMT
    What I've learned is this: brush the ends of your teeth first, because when a toothbrush has been dry for awhile the fibers will be stiff. Though brushing is supposed to stimulate blood flow to the gums, it's not supposed to abrade them. Brushing the ends of the teeth first works out the fibers and makes them less harsh when you get to brushing the front and back.

    Short strokes are the way to go. Brush AFTER flossing to help remove all that was dislodged from the flossing.
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    Aug 17, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    It's easier to just buy a Sonicare and use as directed.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Aug 17, 2014 5:02 PM GMT
    My teeth have been better since a battery operated toothbrush. Don't believe dentists when they say you need a clean up twice a year... Once is enough if you brush in mornings and at night!
  • dtx1

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    Aug 17, 2014 7:12 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidIt's easier to just buy a Sonicare and use as directed.


    This. After initially resisting the Sonicare hype, I finally gave in and bought one. No manual brushing technique I ever tried comes even remotely close to the results of a Sonicare. Night and day. The dental hygienist noticed the difference as well.
  • ai82

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    Aug 17, 2014 8:34 PM GMT
    I brush the teeth, then the gum line, then the gums, then the tongue.
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    Aug 17, 2014 11:13 PM GMT
    I use a variety of tooth pastes, and brushes, and even do a baking soda / hydrogen peroxide treatment weekly. My dentist agrees. I have a great set of teeth and gums, and I've never had to have the expensive bleaching jobs done. I brush up & down, and in circles, 50 times a section. I break and floss, and then get back to my brushing. I also do the backs of the teeth, and finish with the tongue. I rinse with mouthwash.
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    Aug 18, 2014 4:16 AM GMT
    I switched to OralB shortly after these came out. Ultrasonic action "professional" power head with the timer and battery level display.
    http://www.oralb.com/products/floss-action-brush-head/

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    For me, the primary advantage is the head is small enough to fit behind the back teeth. Still, I have to admit the only time I get scolded during my dentist visit is when I slack off on flossing. Discovered these through my Orthodontist. I'll probably switch to the bulkier retail version from Target after the braces come off.

    http://www.platypusco.com/Platypus_Instructions.html


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    Aug 18, 2014 9:11 AM GMT
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    i love my black sonicare!