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If the bristles of your toothbrush are frayed or if you’ve had it longer than three months, it’s time to buy a one. The task of selecting a new toothbrush may seem a simple one, but there are so many brands and styles available that a trip down the dental aisle of your local grocery store can become a frustrating mental struggle, which is why we’ve provided four tips to keep in mind.

1. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal ensures the product has been inspected for safety and efficacy.

2. Manual or powered? Manual toothbrushes tend to be less expensive, but offer the same amount of quality. Powered—or electric—toothbrushes are more fun for children and require less effort on the part of the user.

3. Go for soft bristles. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are less abrasive on your teeth, which protects the enamel and gums.

4. Pick a toothbrush that feels right. Is the grip comfortable? Does it sit well in your hand? The shape of the head—tapered or rectangular—doesn’t matter as long as it fits comfortably in your mouth and can reach all of your teeth.

As always, if you have questions about selecting the right toothbrush, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Henry Danziger at 203.729.0563 for a professional recommendation. Henry K. Danziger DDS is located in Naugatuck, Connecticut. We’re always here to help you!