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Health Tip: Choosing the Right Toothbrush

(HealthDay News) -- Using the right toothbrush can help you care for your teeth and gums. But it's also important to make sure it's properly cleaned.

The Mouthhealthy.org website offers these suggestions:

  • Both electric and manual toothbrushes can clean teeth well, so choose what is easiest for you.

  • Make sure the toothbrush's shape and size fit comfortably in your mouth.

  • After brushing, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly under running water to wash away debris.

  • Place the toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air dry. Don't put it inside a container or cover it.

  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if bristles appear frayed.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 5/15/2014
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