Proper technique is just as important as the frequency of brushing.  Proper brushing technique begins with selection of an adequate toothbrush and tooth paste.   The ideal tooth brush will be labeled “soft” bristle.  “Hard” or “Medium” bristles have been found to wear down the teeth, especially at the gum line.  This prices would take place after years of continual use.  And the “Hard” or “Medium” bristle brush may be used occasionally without causing problems.  The variations in bristle shapes and design are good for the most particular individuals, but the straight standard design has proven to work well through the years with proper use.  The handle of the toothbrush should be comfortable to hold.  There are now many contours and textures of handles available at this time for your preference.  If you have arthritis or other limitations with your hands, wider handles are helpful as well as electric toothbrushes.

Electric toothbrushes are becoming extremely popular now that rechargeable batteries are becoming more reliable.  Electric toothbrushes are especially recommended for patients who find toothbrushing physically challenging.  The electric toothbrushes provide the fine motions which are sometimes difficult for those with arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, broken bones or other ailments.  Some patients have found that an adequate cleaning can be accomplished more quickly with an electric toothbrush; although, university studies have not consistently substantiated this.  A few of the brand names for electric toothbrushes are Braun, Butler, Interplak and Sonicare.   The ionizing toothbrushes often advertised on cable are not widely accepted currently and university studies have validated their benefit.