Since a hard-bristled toothbrush lets you scrub your teeth more vigorously you’d think it’d clean your mouth better. However, this is a common misconception.
In fact, dentists say that a hard-bristled toothbrush can damage your teeth and gums. According to The Wall Street Journal about 20% of Americans have damaged their teeth or gums by over-brushing them.
Why You Should Use a Soft-Bristle Toothbrush
A soft-bristle toothbrush will help save your enamel. This is because hard-bristle toothbrushes are great at removing plaque and stains, but they also lead to the loss of enamel (the hard, white part of your tooth that covers the soft inner layers).
These soft-bristle toothbrushes also protect your gums, which is another important part of your mouth that you need to worry about since when you damage your gums, it can cause them to start receding. When this happens, your teeth become sensitive and you place yourself at a greater risk for developing cavities.
With a soft-bristle toothbrush you’ll clean your teeth just as well. Any plaque that you can’t remove should be left up to us anyway. If you’re still worried that you’re not getting your teeth clean enough, you should ask us about ways that you can improve your brushing technique. This is something that toothbrush manufacturer Oral-B will even tell you is true. They’ll tell you that it’s time to stop buying a toothbrush with medium or hard bristles.
Make an appointment with our office for a routine teeth cleaning. When you do so we can check to make sure that you haven’t damaged your teeth with a hard-bristle toothbrush. If we do find any damage, we can also help fix that as well. Once you’ve had your teeth checked, it’s time to make sure you start using a soft-bristled toothbrush, so you don’t damage your teeth.