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Never Use a Toothbrush with Hard Bristles

Posted on 6/7/2021 by Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA
Never Use a Toothbrush with Hard BristlesThe last thing you want to do is use a toothbrush with too hard of bristles. You should always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent problems with erosion and protect your teeth against cavities.

Why Hard Bristles Are Bad for the Enamel

Whether you brush too hard or have a gentler touch, a toothbrush with hard bristles can be akin to “scrubbing” the teeth rather than cleaning them. Unfortunately, if a hard bristle toothbrush is used, you will scrub off more than plaque and food particles. You can also scrub away the protective outer coating or the dental enamel. That is why we recommend soft toothbrushes when caring for your gums and teeth.

Brushing with a Soft-bristled Toothbrush

If you use a soft-bristled toothbrush, you need to use a gentle movement. Even if your toothbrush is soft and your use force when brushing, you can still damage the enamel. Therefore, it is best to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth firmly yet gently. If you are unsure about your brushing method, buy a soft-bristled round toothbrush head that is sonic or electric-powered. Make sure you choose a powered toothbrush that the American Dental Association or ADA endorses.

Learning to Brush Your Teeth Correctly

You can learn to brush your teeth correctly and without as much force by using a sonic-powered or electric toothbrush that features sensors. This type of toothbrush will tell you when you are brushing too hard. Also, you can buy a u-shaped sonic-powered toothbrush that allows you to brush hands-free. This type of toothbrush is an ideal device to use for anyone who suffers from mobility problems or issues.

You can also ensure your teeth and gum health by booking regular dental appointments with us. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning and an exam. We can fit you into our schedule at a time that is convenient for you.

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