Which toothbrush is right?

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Updated: 1/14/2003 2:29 pm
There are a variety of toothbrushes available, and it is often hard to decide which toothbrush is right. As everyone's dental condition is unique, ask your dentist to recommend which type to use. Toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes, just as your mouth is a different shape and size than someone else's. Choose a toothbrush that fits in your mouth comfortably and doesn't hurt your gums. A soft bristle brush will be the most gentle on your gums. In addition, you should be able to reach your back teeth, as they are the ones most prone to tooth decay since they're hard to reach. Many toothbrushes are angled to make brushing back teeth easier. You may try more than one toothbrush before you find one that you like. Change your toothbrush every three to four months or as the bristles become frayed or worn. Worn bristles will not clean your teeth adequately and worn toothbrushes may harbor germs. There are some toothbrushes with bristles that fade as the bristles show signs of wear. Also, look for a seal from the American Dental Association, the ADA (A-D-A). If a manufacturer requests examination, the ADA may put a seal of approval on items that its research shows will help prevent plaque and the spread of tooth decay. Products that have received this seal of approval usually display it prominently on the label.

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