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Your dental professional can advise you on how to pick the right toothbrush for your needs, but here are some tips to think about when you are choosing a new toothbrush:

1. Use either an electric or manual brush – ask your dental professional for advice on which is best for you.
2. Choose a small to medium-sized head, which can fit into the back of your mouth.
3. Pick a toothbrush with soft or medium, multi tufted, round ended bristles.
4. It is recommended that toothbrushes are replaced every 3 months.
5. Choose a toothbrush with a durable, comfortable handle.

Once you have chosen your toothbrush it’s important to take care of it properly. There are a few things you should do to ensure your toothbrush stays as clean and effective as possible:

  1. Never share toothbrushes as this can spread infections. For example if you have a cough or cold, when you share your toothbrush you could share your bug too.
  2. Always rinse your toothbrush with tap water after brushing to clean off any toothpaste or other debris. 
  3. Store your brush in an upright position – for example in a mug or holder – allowing the bristles to air dry after use. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder, keep them separate to avoid spreading germs.
  4. Don’t keep toothbrushes in a non-ventilated container as this may encourage the growth of microorganisms that can cause infections.

Remember, you can always ask your dental professional for an advice on how to choose and care for your toothbrush.