FAQ: What is a good toothbrush?

The choices consumers are faced with are enormous. Even picking a toothbrush can be difficult. Which is better: SOFT, a MEDIUM, or a HARD bristled brush? What are tufted and multi-tufted brushes? How Long does a toothbrush last?

Ever wonder why dentist recommend using a soft toothbrush to clean your teeth(hard brushes would seem to scrape away more plaque)? Using a medium or hard bristle toothbrush can cause gum damage and may lead to receding gum lines and periodontal disease. Soft bristles work as well as medium or hard bristles and are not as damaging to gums.

Every toothbrush has rows of bristles, called tufts, Regular tufted brushes are 5 to 6 tufts long and 2 to 3 tufts wide. Multi-tufted brushes are more dense-10 to 12 tufts long and 3 to 4 tufts wide-and can get between and around gums better because the bristles are closer together.

Toothbrushes should be replaced every 2 to 3 months. Some toothbrushes have colored bristles (such as Oral B’s indicator brushes)that fade with use. Once the color fades about halfway, it is time to replace the toothbrush.

Having a soft, multi-tufted toothbrush is recommended by most dentists. Look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This is your assurance that the brand meets specific quality standards and is safe and effective to use.

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