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It’s important to brush your teeth with an effective and top-notch tool. Unfortunately, there are brushes in the world that can harm your teeth and gums. So, if you’re on your way to the store to pick up a new brush, our dentist, Dr. Stephen Henry, encourages you to pick one you and your smile will love.

The first characteristic to look for is soft bristles. This is recommended because soft bristles can thoroughly clean the teeth and also care for the gums. Hard bristles can wear the tooth enamel down and injure the oral tissues, so make sure you pick a soft-bristled toothbrush.

The second characteristic to look for is round bristles. This might be a confusing recommendation because there aren’t any bristles that actually look round. What we mean is: Make sure the bristle ends are rounded. This means the bristles will be smoothed out to avoid hurting the gums when you brush.

The third characteristic to look for is the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This is recommended because this approval proves that the brush has passed tough tests that examine for safety and effectiveness.

If you have any questions or if you would like to talk to our dental team about what makes an effective toothbrush in Foster City, California, please call Dr. Stephen Henry DDS at 650-341-5656 when you can. We look forward to giving you the answers you seek!