Posted on 11/15/2019 by Dr. Nick Raptou
|For most people we recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush. Soft bristled toothbrushes are better equipped at getting to hard to reach areas and better for your gums because they are gentler.
With the proper toothbrush, it is possible to prevent gum disease, and a hard-bristled toothbrush makes it more difficult to carry out good dental hygiene techniques like brushing every day due to damaged gum tissue.
Hard bristled toothbrushes are generally only recommended under very specific circumstances. Improper use of a hard-bristled toothbrush can actually hurt your teeth more than it helps them. The hard bristles are very rough on the gums, which can cause bleeding, and they are very hard on the teeth causing them to wear down quicker over time.
Contrary to belief, hard bristled brushes are not actually any better at cleaning your teeth than soft bristled brushes. The main element that cleans your teeth is the toothpaste you use. Of course, this does not mean get rid of toothbrushes all together. So, when should you use a hard-bristled toothbrush?
Times to Use a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush
Hard bristled toothbrushes are normally recommended for people who use dentures. The hard bristles are effective at cleaning the dentures thoroughly. The reason most denture users are recommended to use hard bristled brushes is because the materials that dentures are made of are generally much stronger than natural teeth. These materials can take the roughness of hard bristled brushes and can actually benefit from them, because food is much more difficult to completely remove from dentures.
Overall, the dangers of using a hard-bristled toothbrush far outweigh any of the benefits from using one. In rare circumstances, it may be advisable to use a hard-bristled brush on your natural teeth, but it is not recommended without our consultation. Remember that the main defense against plaque buildup is good and consistent oral hygiene.
This includes not only brushing with the correct toothbrush, but also flossing and making regular visits to our office for teeth cleaning. Please give us a call and we can give you more information about the differences in hard bristled brushes and soft bristled brushes.