Soft-Bristled Versus Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes

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Toothbrushes: They’re so ubiquitous that you might not even stop to think about them. But the truth is, your choice of toothbrush can have a major impact on your oral health. If you’ve always blindly reached for the cheapest or most colorful toothbrush on the shelf, it’s time to learn how a more informed selection can improve your teeth and gums.

Newtown Square general dentist Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario recommends that patients select a soft-bristled brush. Why? Because hard-bristled brushes can actually damage your mouth!

Hard-bristled brushes are more abrasive than soft ones and, therefore, more effective at removing plaque and stains from your enamel by themselves. But when combined with toothpaste, which is, itself, abrasive, they can actually damage your enamel and scratch your gums. Over time, that scratched enamel can damage your teeth and cause heightened sensitivity. Scratched gums are more likely to bleed and recede, which in extreme cases, could lead to tooth loss.

Along with regular checkups and cleanings, a good soft-bristled toothbrush and floss your best allies in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. For most patients, brushing and flossing twice daily is enough to adequately clean the teeth in between professional cleanings.

Get a jumpstart on your oral health and schedule your next appointment today. Please contact Newtown Square general dentist Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario or call 610-642-7024 to speak with one of our dental clinicians.