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What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Dental experts agree that you should brush your teeth at least two times every day – for two minutes in the morning and two minutes in the evening. This helps to remove plaque, bacteria and debris from your teeth and gums, which reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. But all of this brushing can be undermined by the use of the wrong kind of toothbrush so it’s important to know how to choose the right type and when to replace it.

How to choose the right toothbrush


With so many different types of toothbrushes on the market today, it can be very difficult to determine which type is right for you. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you purchase one with soft bristles in order to protect your teeth and gums from damage. The ADA also advises on purchasing one with a small head and flexible neck to enable you to reach all areas in your mouth.

Seal of approval


The Australian Dental Association (ADA) tests and evaluates every toothbrush on the market. All products that meet their strict quality and safety standards receive the association's stamp of approval. In addition, the ADA re-evaluates products every three years to ensure that each product with their seal continues to meet the high level of standards set by the association. When shopping for a toothbrush always look for the ADA's seal of approval on the packaging before purchasing.

Replacing your toothbrush


You should carefully examine your toothbrush on a regular basis and replace it with a new one at the first sign of wear and tear. Ideally, your toothbrush should be replaced at least once every three months. It is also a good idea to replace your toothbrush after any type of illness. This is because bacteria and germs can get caught in the bristles and makes you more susceptible to reoccurring sickness.

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