When most people go out to buy a new toothbrush, they don't think much about the type of bristles used on this small device. Some people will go for the hardest bristles, thinking they seem capable of getting rid of all the food particles, plaque and tartar on the enamel. But what is the best toothbrush for proper dental care? Should you go for a hard- or soft-bristled brush? This article will help you understand the effects of toothbrushes on your oral health and how to choose the ideal brush for cleaning your teeth.
Hard bristles wear away enamel
If you are like most people, you probably shop for a hard-bristled brush because of its ability to thoroughly clean the teeth to remove food particles, stains and plaque. However, while they are good at this task, hard-bristled toothbrushes are not suitable for your teeth. Prolonged use can cause them to wear down the enamel. When you scrub the enamel too hard, it starts to wear away and exposes the inner parts of the tooth to bacteria. You may also begin to experience other symptoms such as sensitivity and tooth discolouration.
Soft bristles will clean your teeth just as well as hard bristles do. In fact, if you have stains that are not coming off with a soft brush, the chances are that a hard-bristled brush won't help either. It is best to get professional teeth cleaning services from your dentist instead.
Hard bristles hurt the gums
Have you ever scrubbed your teeth so hard that your gums started bleeding? Well, you most likely didn't have gum disease – your brush bristles were too hard on your gums. Prolonged use of hard bristles and continually hurting the gums can cause them to recede. Gum recession is a serious dental condition that should be addressed immediately. Failure to do so can cause teeth sensitivity and other dental problems, as part of the root that should be covered by the gum will be exposed.
A soft-bristled toothbrush is your best defence against gum recession. The bristles will adequately clean the teeth while being gentle on your gums. However, make sure that you don't scrub too hard, even with a soft brush.
As you can see, a soft toothbrush is all you need to keep your teeth clean and healthy. A hard-bristled brush won't remove any permanent stains that are present on the teeth. Instead of hurting your enamel and gums, visit a dentist for professional cleaning and whitening so that you can achieve pearly white teeth.