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March 24, 2015

Choose a toothbrush

Choose a toothbrush

Genenral choose a toothbrush

Here is more to your brush than the color! (But in case you’re wondering, the most popular toothbrush color is blue.)

Some main points

Bristle firmness: Soft brushes are recommended by dentists for daily use. Unless your dentist advises you otherwise, reach for a brush labeled “soft” on the package.
Bristle shape: Are the ends of the bristles blunt or rounded? This is a small detail that can make a world of difference. Rounded bristles are less likely to damage delicate gum tissue.
Bristle surface: The shape of the face of the bristles that make contact with the tooth changes the effect. Flat and multilevel brushes are the best for all-around cleaning.
Handle design: Select what is most comfortable for you. All handles seem to be equally effective when used properly. Large handled brushes are often easier for children to grip.
Head shape and size: Toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes. Choose the shape that is the most comfortable for your mouth. If you have a small mouth, opt for a compact brush.
Electric toothbrushes: Electric toothbrushes are just as effective as manual ones when you use proper brushing techniques. Electric brushes can be a great option for people who have trouble reaching the corners of their mouth and have trouble brushing for the recommended two minutes.

 

Notes about choose a toothbrush

Remember: Your toothbrush won’t last forever. Three months is a typical lifespan, but whenever the bristles start to become bent, it’s time to go shopping.

Quick Tip: Despite popular opinion, it is actually less sanitary to keep your toothbrush covered. Letting the brush air dry between uses prevents the growth of bacteria on the bristles.

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