If you are shopping for a new toothbrush, you may find yourself wandering down the store aisles trying to decide if you should choose a soft, medium, or hard-bristled toothbrush.  Some people think that using a medium or hard toothbrush will remove more plaque and food particles more effectively, but the harder the toothbrush the more possible damage can be done to your teeth and gums over time.

Drawbacks to a Hard Toothbrush

• Hard and medium toothbrushes have thicker, firmer bristles that can scrape away your tooth enamel and damage your teeth and gums.

• Brushing for long periods of time with a hard toothbrush can lead to receding gums which can cause cavities and or sensitivity.

• If your gums bleed when you’re brushing this may be an indication that your toothbrush is to hard and may be damaging your gums.

Benefits of a Soft Toothbrush

• They have flexible, nylon bristles to curve around your teeth and gums

• Can help prevent toothbrush abrasion by making it difficult to brush your teeth hard

• They help prevent receding gums

• They’re more gentle on your gums

Remember your dental health can be affected by the type of toothbrush you use. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends soft toothbrushes and advises that they are safer on your teeth and gums.  While shopping for your soft toothbrush remember to look for the ADA seal, this ensures that the toothbrush has been tested and can remove plaque without harming your teeth and gums. 

If you have questions call or email me at Integrity Dental Care, PLLC (615) 445-8700 or email dr.jmitchell@integritydentalcares.com with any questions you may have.