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While you should brush for at least two minutes each time, the average brushing session only lasts 45 seconds.

Select a soft-bristled brush. 

Not only does a soft-bristled toothbrush do a good job of removing plaque and debris but it’s also easier on your gums and enamel than a toothbrush with stiffer bristles. The American Dental Association recommends soft-bristled brushes with angled or multi-layered bristles to get an excellent clean without harming your teeth.

Consider a small head (in most cases). 

A toothbrush with a small head may help you clean your hard-to-reach back teeth. A standard-sized manual toothbrush head that’s a half-inch wide and one-inch tall works for most people. However, people with larger mouths may find a larger head toothbrush to be a better fit.

Electric toothbrush heads are generally smaller than manual toothbrush heads and may have different speeds for those with sensitive teeth. 

Determine if you need a special handle. 

Your toothbrush handle should be easy for you to grip and maneuver around your mouth. If you have difficulty with a standard handle, you may want to consider a thicker handle, a handle with a non-slip grip or a toothbrush aid that slips on the handle, making it easier to grip. An angled or flexible-neck handle may make it easier for you to reach all of your teeth. 

Regardless of which toothbrush you select, make sure to get a new toothbrush or toothbrush head every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A new toothbrush may remove up to 30% more plaque than one that is three months old. 

Ultimately, choosing a toothbrush you like will make you more inclined to brush for the full two minutes recommended twice a day. 

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