We all have heard of it, seen it, have hopefully learned it from a young age, but you would be amazed at how many people do not understand proper dental brushing.  According to the American Dental Association, one should brush twice a day one should brush tooth by tooth, from tip to the gum line, for at least two minutes per brushing session.
Oddly enough, most of us fail miserably.  Brushing is inconvenient, annoying, we brush hurriedly, focusing more on the front of our teeth rather than the back side and the ever-important molars.  And for many, brushing hard against the gums, scraping imaginary plaque, causes more damage to the enamel and exacerbates receding gum lines.  And most surprisingly, the average person falls drastically short of the recommended two minutes, brushing for just 47 seconds.

Luckily for toothbrush manufacturers, the average brushers’ lack of knowledge and discipline has opened up a lucrative market for those fast, hard brushers.  Colgate has 14 types of manual toothbrushes, Oral-B introduces one electric bush per year, utilizing a team of about 300 designers in the average 3-5 year period.

Other types of ultrasonic and ultrasound bristle action toothbrushes have hit the market in excess of $150 or more.  The Colgate 360 has a NASA-worthy bristle configuration, with extra rubber bits that squeegee plaque away with almost no pressure at all.

The Oral-B Triumph ($149.99) with SmartGuide features a remote digital display that delivers an audio and visual warning when you’re brushing too hard.  Or the Sonicare FlexCare ($179.99)  has two different routines, the speedy GoCare setting and the MaxCare mode, a two-minute cleaning and one-minute massage.

No matter what you’re brushing habits may be, adhere to two minutes twice a day with a gentle touch and you should be okay!

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