Soft bristle vs. hard bristle, is one really better than the other?
Don’t Make This Mistake!
Everyone wants their teeth to be as clean as possible; that is why we brush twice a day and have regular dental check-ups. Good oral hygiene boosts both personal confidence and over-all health. Those who neglect their oral hygiene are at a drastically increased risk for chronic health problems while those who take care of their mouths foster an environment that better sustains physical well-being.
A toothbrush is the most important tool for building good oral hygiene, and most stores generally offer three options: soft, medium or hard bristled brushes. Often people choose hard bristled brushes because they are under the impression that a tougher bristle is the best choice for the removal of debris and plaque. Most kinds of toothpaste are fairly abrasive already and coupling it with an abrasive toothbrush can cause real damage to teeth and mouth tissue.
Toothbrushes with hard bristles can:
- Break Down Enamel
- Damage Gums
Break Down Enamel
The enamel on your teeth serves as a protection to the inner parts of the tooth, which are softer and more susceptible to damage. Using a brush with hard bristles can actually begin to wear away this protective layer, which does not regenerate. Scouring that enamel off of the tooth leads only to further damage.
Regardless of the pressure and vigor used in brushing, hard bristles can cause gum recession. When gums recede the softer, more vulnerable root of the tooth is exposed. The root is not armed with enamel and the recession of the gums will cause sensitivity and aid in decay.
It is not true that a toothbrush with hard bristles cleans teeth more thoroughly; a soft bristled brush does just as well removing bacteria and build-up from teeth, without causing so much damage. With proper pressure and correct technique and brushing angle, a soft-bristled toothbrush will thoroughly clean teeth and protect vital enamel and gum tissue.
When choosing a toothbrush, always select one with soft bristles. And attend regular check-ups with the dentist so that your oral hygiene helps to maintain your healthy body.