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Best Toothbrushes

Best Toothbrushes

CREATED May 30, 2014
Toothbrushes - for something so simple, there sure are a lot of choices. In fact, Drugstore.com lists more than 400 different kinds.

It's been said that you don't have to brush your teeth - just the ones you want to keep. That might not be the best piece of advice, but Consumer Reports has some helpful advice when buying a toothbrush.

There are fat ones, skinny ones, brushes that surround your teeth, ones that hang up or even some that sit up on the counter all by itself.

And, of course there are all kinds of electric toothbrushes that brush your teeth for you.

Oral-B is even promoting a Bluetooth-connected toothbrush.

"And your toothbrush easily connects to your phone so that you can receive reminders,” Jody Rohlena said.

Consumer reports ShopSmart said when you buy a toothbrush look for the basics.

"You want soft bristles. Hard bristles can damage your gums, and your tooth enamel,“ Rohlena said.

Also, angled bristles of different heights help reach spots that flat bristles can't. A toothbrush with a bent neck can make it easier to reach behind and around your teeth.

As for the question "electric versus manual?"

"They both work equally well according to research. You just have to use them twice a day, for about two minutes each time,” Rohlena added.

The most important step in oral care, though, is taking the time to use a toothbrush. Don't rush your brushing.

But, remember to replace your toothbrushes every three months or sooner, if you notice it's fraying and wearing out.

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