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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's what you should look for:

  • 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.
  • When it comes to the type of handle (such as non-slip grip or flexible neck), shape of the head (tapered or rectangular) and 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.
  • 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.

What Type of Toothpaste is Best for Me?

These days, you may feel overwhelmed by the types of toothpaste available at your grocery store or pharmacy. Just remember: The best toothpaste for you is the one you like well enough to use every day.

Of course, you can buy a few different types for variety, or to suit the tastes and needs of your family members. Today, there are toothpastes to meet the oral care needs of virtually everybody, and you can’t really go wrong with any toothpaste that has the seal of the British Dental Association.

Which Mouthwash is Right for Me?

Choosing a mouthwash can be a lot like deciding on a new cereal - the choices seem endless and can be confusing enough to forgo choosing anything at all. So how does one decide? And, really, aren't all mouthwashes essentially the same? Well, the fascinating thing about mouthwash is - they're actually not all the same, and deciding on one that will work well for you isn't merely a matter of choosing your favorite color. Let's cut through some of the confusion.

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