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Choosing the Right Toothbrush

What Type of Toothbrush Should I use? With so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrush on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing. Here is what you should look for:

1. Most 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 can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth.

2. When it comes to the type of handle (such as nonslip grip or flexible neck), shape of the head (tapered or rectangular), and style of bristle (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.

3. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficultly brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.

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