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Choosing the Right Toothbrush

With so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing.     Read "Choosing the Right Toothbrush" article

Toothpastes, Toothbrushes and More

So many toothpastes are on the market today, choosing one can be confusing. When buying toothpaste for your child, look for one that contains fluoride and tastes good. Some toothpastes also are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) Read "Toothpastes, Toothbrushes and More" article

Brush up on how to brush your teeth

Health tips from Mayo Clinic, featuring simple strategies for a healthy lifestyle. Read "Brush up on how to brush your teeth" article

Toothbrush Care and Replacement

To keep your toothbrush and yourself healthy, make sure you let it dry out between uses.    Read "Toothbrush Care and Replacement" article

History of Toothbrushes and Toothpastes

Toothbrushing tools date back to 3500-3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig. Tombs of the ancient Egyptians have been found containing toothsticks alongside their owners. Read "History of Toothbrushes and Toothpastes" article

How to Brush

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that's right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long    Read "How to Brush" article

How to Floss

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.    Read "How to Floss" article

When to brush your teeth

When should you brush your teeth? Timing is important. Read "When to brush your teeth" article

Dental floss vs. water pick: Which is better?

Standard dental floss is generally considered the most effective tool for cleaning between the teeth. Read "Dental floss vs. water pick: Which is better?" article

Videos and Interactive Guides

How to Brush

Learn the technique recommended for the best cleaning.

How to Floss

Find simple instructions for effective flossing.

Fresh Breath Assessment

How fresh is your breath? Find out by visiting the Fresh Breath Institute.

Guide to Brushing

Test your brushing skills with our FUN 3-D brusher.

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