If you have ever walked the long toothbrush aisle in a big-box store undecided, we have good news for you: “The best toothbrush is the one you’re using in your hand, if you’re using it right,” says dentist Mark Burhenne, creator and author of Ask the Dentist. We asked five experts for their picks. No matter what brush you choose, Burhenne says, what’s most important is to aim for the gum, to not overbrush and to try to clean for two minutes, depending on what kind of diet you eat; more sugar and processed foods equals more brushing.
Almost half of American adults have at least moderate fears about going to the dentist, and 5 to 10 percent have told researchers that they avoid dental care as a result. The obvious consequences are increased cavities, bad breath and periodontal disease, but secondary consequences are broader: Decayed or missing teeth have a negative effect on self-esteem and employability.
You probably won’t find many people that enjoy going to the dentist, but taking care of your teeth is one of the most important things you can do for your health. As the saying goes in the dentistry industry, “Dentistry is not expensive, neglect is.” Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and can help you keep your teeth into your later years. Here are some apps that can help you have a more enjoyable visit the next time you have to go to the dentist.