The Toothbrush Test

Most people would do anything to stay out of the dentist chair. So they brush with all those toothbrushes promising pearly whites. But not all brushes are created equal. So Good Housekeeping Magazine and dentists put toothbrushes to the test. Dr. Rick Coker in Tyler says when brushing your teeth you really only need the basics.

"The soft bristle brushes with a little bit of paste is very effective,"he says.

Hygienist like Rhonda Bisnette agree.

"There is no magic in any of the toothbrushes, it's what you do with the brush," says Bisnette.

But if you insist on a special brush, some provide more bang for your buck.

"We've always recommended the sonic brush," says Bisnette. "It's kind of pricey, but think of it as an investment to keep your gums healthy."

Rhonda says battery operated brushes like Colgate Motion or the Crest Spin Brush are good, cheaper options. Plus they are a hit with most kids.

"We have a battery operated at home and it's nice cause the kids like them and it gets them to brush there teeth more often," says one mom.

Brushes like the Oral-B Cross Action Vitalizer with it's rubber prongs promise to reduce gum inflammation, but it and it's counterparts did not score well.

"The rubber prongs are not going to remove the plaque and the bacteria and you may have to press to hard to get the bristles to actually brush against your teeth," says Rhonda.

Overall the experts say the best, most effective toothbrush you can buy is the most traditional. The $2 toothbrush with an angular head and soft bristles are what Dr. Coker and Rhonda suggest.