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Quick Facts About Brushing Your Teeth

  • The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.


  • Dentists recommend putting your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums as you brush.


  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. When bristles become frayed and worn, they are less effective at cleaning teeth.


  • Both electric and manual toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean teeth. People who have a hard time using a manual toothbrush may find that an electric toothbrush is easier to use. Your dentist can help you decide which type is best for you.


  • Nobody knows who invented toothpaste. However, we do know that a Greek physician named Hippocrates advised people to “wash their teeth” and offered recipes for creating something like toothpaste in the 4th-5th century.


  • The toothbrush has been around for 500 years! According to a 17th century encyclopedia drawing, the toothbrush was invented in 1498 in China. The nylon-bristled toothbrush that we use today was introduced in 1938.


When shopping for a new toothbrush, look for those that display the ADA Seal of Acceptance





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