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Published: January 31, 2024

Kickstart your dental health

Author: Dr Gemma Wheeler, BDS (2 Comments)
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On this page we’ve condensed our main advice to help you improve your dental health.

If you're feeling motivated to make some change, this page will give you a very quick overview of what you need to do. See the products we recommend, and those we don't.

Our main advice

  • Don’t spend too much on an electric toothbrush. The brush we recommend as the best overall is the Oral-B Pro 3 3500. This is far cheaper than some of the top end toothbrushes and has the features our dentists recommend as essential. 
  • Smart toothbrushes generally aren’t worth it.
  • Flossing is important. Interdental brushes are the most effective, but find the tool that works best for you and turn flossing into a habit.
  • Be careful with teeth whitening — it can permanently damage your teeth when professional advice is not followed.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.
  • Use toothpaste containing fluoride.
  • After brushing spit the toothpaste out, but don’t rinse it off your teeth.
  • Don’t brush immediately after eating, or if you've had a fizzy drink.
  • Keep sugary drinks and foods to meal times only. Avoid sugar between meals.
  • Looking after your dental health prevents dental treatment and is a good way to look after the planet.
  • Learn about ways in which you can reduce the environmental impact of your dental health.

Products we recommend

Below is a quick list of the products we recommend for a healthy dental routine.

Best electric toothbrush

The Oral-B Pro 3 3500 is the brush we recommend as the best overall electric toothbrush. It's good value for money and has the main features dentists recommend. We go into more detail in our best electric toothbrush post.

Best manual toothbrush

We recommend brushes in a few different categories in our best manual toothbrush post, but if you're looking for a reliable and good value brush, the Curaprox CS 5460 is a good place to start.

Best interdental brushes

Interdental brushes are the most effective tool for flossing. There is a wide variety to choose from, but TePe do a pack with mixed sizes that is good to get started with. If you speak to your dental professional, they can help you to determine the optimum sizes for your teeth.

TePe Interdental Brush Mixed Pack (ISO size 0-7)
TePe Interdental Brush Mixed Pack (ISO size 0-7)

Best water flosser

A water flosser is another type of interdental cleaning tool that is popular. Check out our post on the best water flossers for a deep dive into our testing. See our two favourites below.

Corded (countertop)

Waterpik Ultra Professional
Waterpik Ultra Professional
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Cordless (portable)

Waterpik Cordless Advanced
Waterpik Cordless Advanced
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Products we don't recommend

Don’t waste your money on unproven products. 

We keep a full list here, but a few of the products we currently don’t recommend include: 

  • Mouthpiece toothbrushes
  • Ultrasonic teeth cleaners
  • Snap on veneers
  • Online teeth straightening

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Jon testing mouthpiece toothbrush
Mouthpiece toothbrushes aren't yet effective enough to completely replace a regular electric toothbrush

Learn how to look after your teeth

The video below also summarises all of the advice you need to have a healthy oral hygiene routine.

In brief, the main things you can do are: 

  • Learn how to brush your teeth properly
  • Use plaque disclosing tablets to monitor your technique
  • Brush your teeth twice per day
  • Clean interdentally once per day
  • Regularly visit the dentist
Montage of teeth being brushed and checked

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March 27, 2024

Hi I noticed the site has had a revamp, though I cannot find an article on the best toothpaste for whitening teeth, if that's not achievable, then; on removing stains. Kind regards Mohammed

Jon Love - Chief tester
March 29, 2024

Hi Mohammed. Thanks for the comment. Yes, you are correct the site has had a redesign and as such some content that previously existed has been removed for a variety of reasons. There is no 1 best toothpaste for removing stains. WHitening pastes tend to be more abrasive and therefore more effective at removing stains, but we don't recommend them long term. A cleaning of the teeth from a dental hygienist will remove stains and be the quickest, albeit most expensive approach. If you opt for a paste use if for a few weeks and then switch back to a normal paste. Regular toothbrushing should keep the stains off.

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