Toothbrushes have come a long way from the gnarly tree twigs that folks once used to scrape their teeth and help get rid of debris. While some of us may have grown up with hard-bristled brushes, we now use soft-bristled brushes—for good reason.
Williamsburg Dental recommends soft-bristled brushes since it’s easier than you think to damage tooth enamel (the hard, white outside part of your teeth which protects the underlying structure) by brushing too hard. We’ve seen many patients come in with gum recession simply due to years of heavy brushing. In these instances, brushing too hard actually has caused bits of enamel to erode, exposing the gums to possible harm. Furthermore, study after study proves that soft brushes clean as effectively as hard brushes, especially since toothpaste also acts as an abrasive force. Soft toothbrushes remove plaque and tartar buildup without eroding the enamel.
Don’t forget to change your soft-bristled toothbrush every three to four months. Those used, bent bristles are less effective, and the bacteria that builds up on toothbrushes after a few months means a replacement brush (why not pick your favorite color?) should be in your near future!