Recommended Dental Products

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
May 11, 2014

For my daily preventive care, I use three dental products that I believe are very effective and efficient.

Sonicare electric toothbrushes

These clean by vibrating back and forth thousands of times per minute across the tooth surfaces. Cleaning is done by moving from side to side in quadrants. I have found that about ten seconds per quadrant is sufficient, but the instructions recommend more time. It takes some practice to maneuver the brush properly. Many people will find that the device “tickles” the gums in an unpleasant way, but with continued use, this goes away. Dozens of models are available with a big price range. I use and recommend the Philips Sonicare Advance 4100 Sonic Power model shown to the right. The devices are rechargeable. A charge lasts for about two weeks, but at home the device can be kept in its charger and will always be charged. The head come in several sizes and levels of stiffness. (I recommend the softest.) Amazon has been a good place to buy replacement brushes.


PHB ultra soft toothbrush

Vigorous brushing of the teeth, particularly if done with a stiff brush or an overly abrasive toothpaste, can erode the gums. These toothbrushes, designed by a dentist many years ago, are amazingly soft and cost much less than the well-known brands. Each comes with a cover that snaps onto the brush end, which makes them ideal for travel. I use this brush to reach parts of my teeth that the electric toothbrush cant reach. They are available only through the vendor’s Web site.


Glide Comfort Plus dental tape

I have found Glide dental tape to be amazingly better than other brands. It slips easily between teeth that are close together, and it does not fray. Even the dispenser is superior: Unlike some dispensers, the tape never slips back inside after cutting. I like the mint-flavored product. Amazon appears to offer the best price, particularly when buying in quantity.


This article was posted on May 11, 2014.