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Toothbrushes

Key Points

  • The consensus recommendation is for people to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.
  • Replace toothbrushes every three to four months or more often if the bristles are visibly matted or frayed.
  • Either manual or powered toothbrushes can be used effectively.
  • A product earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by providing scientific evidence that demonstrates safety and efficacy, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates according to objective requirements.
  • Toothbrushing Methods
  • Toothbrush Care
  • Manual Toothbrushes
  • Powered Toothbrushes
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • References
  • ADA Resources
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Last Updated: September 18, 2017
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