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Choosing The Right Toothbrush

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What type of toothbrush should I use?

With so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing. Here is what you should look for:

  • Many dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they are better at reaching all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth.
  • When it comes to the type of handle, like non-slip grip or flexible neck; shape of the head, tapered or rectangular; style of bristles such as rippled, flat or trimmed to a dome shape, pick whatever is most comfortable for you. The best toothbrush is one that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily. If in doubt, check with your dentist or hygienist.
  • For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush when it the bristles begin to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first.

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A worn toothbrush (top) can damage gum tissue. Replace your toothbrush every three months or when it becomes worn.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.