4 Motor City “Back to School” Toothbrush Tips

When shopping for school clothes and supplies in the Metro Detroit area, take the time to pick out new toothbrushes for each member of the family as well. A good toothbrush is the number one tool a family can have for ensuring good dental health. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months. Give them a place to dry out between uses. Make new toothbrushes the new tradition in Livonia, Redford, Dearborn Heights, Northville Township, and Plymouth, and include them with the new pencils and notebooks!

Dr. Jim DeCapite has four top “Back to School” toothbrush tips for choosing just the right toothbrush for each person in the family:

  • Look for the ADA seal of approval: The American Dental Association (ADA) seal ensures that experts approve of the toothbrush and that they vouch for its safety and effectiveness. The staff at DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can also provide recommendations for the best toothbrush for each of our patients.
  • Choose softer bristles: When brushing for two minutes, using the appropriate technique, soft bristles are best for removing plaque and debris. Bristles that are too stiff are more likely to be harder on gums and enamel.
  • Choose a handle that fits well: There is no “one size fits all” type of toothbrush handle. Some people are better able to hold one that is angled or has a flexible neck. The important aspect of picking out an appropriate handle is to be sure the toothbrush can be held appropriately for two minutes of brushing.
  • Pick a fun color: Everyone has a favorite color and that applies to their toothbrush also. Kids, especially, are more likely to want to use a toothbrush that is a fun color or has their favorite cartoon character on it!

At DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we help all our patients learn more about choosing the right toothbrush and the right toothpaste for their particular needs. We also provide great tips for brushing effectively, two minutes a day, twice a day.

Our professional staff encourages everyone in the Livonia, Redford, Dearborn Heights, Plymouth, and surrounding Metro Detroit communities to learn more about the many ways to enjoy the highest quality dental health.

Our office is open by appointment. We are conveniently located in Livonia, near the intersection of Schoolcraft and Merriman Roads. Contact our office today to get started on good dental health and good overall health!


This informative post, about dental health, family and cosmetic dentistry, and patient care, is brought to you by DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Livonia Michigan. 

Please call us for an appointment today.


734 744 5457

James W. DeCapite, D.D.S.

31644 Schoolcraft Road

Livonia, MI 48150

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The content of this blog article about toothbrush tips is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor, or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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