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(April 9, 2014) – For something so simple as a toothbrush, there sure are a lot of choices. Buying a toothbrush can be daunting. There are fat ones, skinny ones, brushes that surround your teeth, ones that hang up and one that sits 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. But Consumer Reports ShopSmart says when you buy a toothbrush most important are the basics.

You want soft bristles because hard bristles can damage your gums, and your tooth enamel. Also, angled bristles of different heights help reach spots that flat bristles can’t.

And a toothbrush with a bent neck can make it easier to reach behind and around your teeth.

As for the question “electric versus manual?” ShopSmart says they both work equally well. You just have to use them twice a day, for about two minutes each time.

Far more important than which toothbrush you buy is taking the time to use it. Don’t rush your brushing. And remember to replace your toothbrushes every three months, or sooner, if you notice it’s fraying and wearing out.

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