Power vs. Manual Toothbrushes: The Debate Continues

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

In the ongoing debate over which toothbrush is better for you, power or manual, we ultimately come down on the side of “whichever you use regularly and effectively.” For some, that’s a power brush. For others, it’s manual. Some switch between both. The main thing is brushing twice a day and, at minimum, flossing once. […]


Toothpaste Optional

Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Does toothpaste really matter? Well, yes, in so far as you want to steer clear of ingredients such as fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and triclosan, not to mention artificial flavors and colors. But when it comes to removing plaque, not really. It’s the brushing that matters more than the paste – as we’ve noted before […]


Best. Toothbrush. Ever?

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

We don’t often write about, let alone recommend, specific products on this blog. But sometimes a product impresses us so much, we can’t imagine not telling you about it. Case in point, a new toothbrush that was recently recommended to us by a couple of periodontists Dr. V knows through one of his study clubs. […]


Powered Toothbrush or Manual? What the Latest Evidence Says

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

For a long time, the choice between manual and powered brushes was mainly one of personal preference. Now, more evidence suggests that when it comes to breaking up oral biofilm (plaque), powered brushes may in fact be more effective. The latest Cochrane Review on the matter was published this past summer. Analyzing 56 relevant trials, […]


Beyond the Boring Old Toothbrush

Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013

What better time than the day after Halloween to have a National Brush Day, right? Though really, this newly declared observation is less about this and more about this which is to say not a one-day-a-year problem but an ongoing one. Yet it’s almost completely preventable – in part, through regular and effective hygiene. Ideally, […]


To Rinse or Not to Rinse?

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Think about what your teeth are like just before you brush them. They’re probably a little on the gnarly side. Think particles of food, predigested by saliva. Think of bacterial slime coating your teeth. Think of anaerobic microbes partying in your periodontal pockets – bacteria, viruses, yeasts, all doing the happy dance because they’ve been […]


Do You Really Need to Pitch Your Toothbrush After You’ve Been Sick?

Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013

So just how common is the advice of twice yearly dental visits? Shortly after we learned about the study challenging this acorn, we ran across this list of ways you may unknowingly be “hurting your teeth.” Skipping dental visits is one of them. But that’s not what caught our attention. Don’t Use Your Toothbrush After […]


A Toothbrush Isn’t Forever (Heck, It’s Not Even More Than 4 Months!)

Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013

If stats from a couple of dental clinics are to be believed, 75% of people don’t replace their toothbrush as often as they should. This may or may not be related to the fact that the average time between dental appointments, according to this same report, is 3 years. So let’s get two things out […]


Your Toothbrush’s Dirty Little Secret

Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013

Maybe you saw the segment on Oprah a few years back. Or the one on Mythbusters. If so, you may have been freaked out by the thought of your toothbrush being a festering swamp of fecal matter and bacteria. But that’s TV. Can you trust it? A new literature review in Evidence Based Dentistry says […]


Is Flossing All That?

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012

Pop quiz: Brushing and flossing have been well proven to reduce dental biofilm (plaque) more than brushing alone – true or false? True, you say? Not quite, according to a recent literature review in Evidence-Based Dentistry. The authors looked at randomized, controlled trials that compared the effects of brushing and flossing with brushing alone. All […]



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