Excellent dental health and maintaining a routine brushing schedule of your teeth is vital. The toothbrush you choose can actually be harmful to your teeth and your overall oral health.
With all the different toothbrushes on the market from soft to hard bristles, electric to manual, it can be tough to know which toothbrush to which is best. We like to always recommend our patients use a soft-bristled toothbrush and here are just a few of the reasons why.
Benefits of a Soft Toothbrush
Whether you prefer electric or manual, the best choice is always soft bristles which are made of nylon. Other types of bristles could possibly damage your mouth's root surfaces, the enamel of your teeth, and your gums. When your teeth have that build-up of plaque and tartar, we recommend along with the American Dental Association that you use soft, rounded bristles. We feel this is the best choice to remove that buildup to prevent damage to your teeth.
You never want to over-brush and damage your teeth and gums. The goal is to protect and clean as gently as possible. That makes the soft toothbrush the safer and healthier option. The myth that hard bristles clean better and last longer is something that could actually harm your oral health.
Soft bristles last just as long as hard bristles and are better for your mouth and. That myth that you need to change a soft-bristled toothbrush more often is also a myth. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months on a regular basis, regardless of what type you use.
Ready to Change Your Brush and Make the Switch?
So, there is no reason not to make the switch. The ADA agrees soft bristles should be used. Your enamel will thank you, and hard bristles, don't clean better. Soft bristles last just as long as they need to and your gum and oral health will improve tremendously. There isn't anything worse than to feel as though you have been diligent with your oral hygiene only to find out your toothbrush has only been hurting you. Reach out to us here at the office. We would be happy to help you choose the right brush for your optimum oral health care!