How do I Choose the Best Free Toothbrushes?

Sheri Cyprus

Getting free toothbrushes can be a great way to save money as well as help ensure you always have extra ones on hand. Most dental experts assert that toothbrushes should be changed at least every three months because the bristles tend to become flattened, which means they can't scrub stains on teeth as well as they once did. The best free toothbrushes to choose are the ones recommended by dental professionals.

A toothbrush with toothpaste on it.
A toothbrush with toothpaste on it.

Soft or extra-soft toothbrushes are the type most people should use. Unless a dentist or dental professional recommends a medium or hard bristled toothbrush style, people should only use the softer varieties. Otherwise, the bristles may be too hard on tooth enamel as well as cause gum damage. Repairing the dental damage caused by using the wrong toothbrush can be expensive, as it may take many hours in a dentist's chair for extensive work.

Dental hygienists often give specialized free toothbrushes during checkups.
Dental hygienists often give specialized free toothbrushes during checkups.

Many dental offices hand out free toothbrushes to patients during their regular checkups. If you have any questions about the best type of toothbrush for your mouth, you should ask the dentist during a checkup. After you're given the recommendation for the best toothbrush for you, save the outer wrapper of one you receive or write down the brand and all of the details on your shopping list.

The next time you go shopping, or when stores have dental supplies on sale, look for the exact type of toothbrush your dentist recommended. When they go on sale again, you can stock up on them and keep them in a cupboard so you're ready to change toothbrushes every few months. Sometimes, stores have coupons to buy one toothbrush and get the second one for free.

Choose free toothbrushes from your dentist that you can keep in convenient locations. For example, a good quality toothbrush is great to have ready in an overnight bag, office drawer or even in a car's glove box, so you're always prepared to care for your teeth in case of an unexpected situation. The small tubes of travel-sized toothpaste are a good accompaniment to the extra toothbrushes.

Sets of small toothpaste tubes and children's free toothbrushes can also often be obtained through dental offices by teachers for classroom use. Teachers may be able to arrange for their local dental professionals to make a classroom visit and teach children the correct way to brush and care for their teeth. These professionals will usually bring along the best free toothbrushes made for children's mouths and teeth.

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