Do Hard Bristles Harm Your Teeth When You Brush?

Some dental patients think using a brush head that is harder or firmer will help them clean their teeth better. However, using this type of approach is like using a scouring pad to clean the dirt off of a car. Not only will you remove the dirt, but you will also remove the paint. Therefore, you will only end up damaging the exterior.

Why Soft Toothbrushes Are Better Choices

If you use a soft toothbrush instead of a hard or firm bristled toothbrush, you can gently clean the enamel on your teeth without doing them harm. When a firmer toothbrush is used, you can erode the enamel, which will lead to the formation of cavities. As a result, you actually do your teeth more harm than good when using a firmer toothbrush. To avoid dental problems then, it is best to stick to toothbrushes with softer bristles. This also holds true for toothbrush heads used on electric toothbrushes.

Brushing With A Soft Toothbrush - How To Do It Right

Actually, you can choose between extra-soft and soft toothbrushes, although the extra-soft toothbrushes are not as common. Also known as periodontal or sulcus toothbrushes, extra-soft toothbrushes can help people with gingivitis brush extra sensitive teeth and gums. To clean your teeth with a soft toothbrush, remember to angle the bristles toward the gum line. Because of the softness of the toothbrush, the bristles are more flexible and will do a better job of removing plaque from the teeth and gums. Use a circular and massaging motion to get rid of the biofilm on your teeth. Also, you don't need to use intense pressure when brushing. Simply focus on each area - moving the brush upwards from the lower jaw and downward between the teeth on the upper jaw. If you brush too aggressively with a soft toothbrush, you can still injure your gums and teeth.

If you have developed gum recession from brushing too hard, or you need some advice on the proper way to brush, give us a call or contact us by email anytime. Learn how to safely brush your teeth to keep them clean and free from damage.

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