Knowing the Difference between a Hard and a Soft Toothbrush can Change Your Oral Health

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Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months to make sure it is still doing its job and it’s not just a dull brush which gathered bacteria. Most people pick their toothbrush by looking at the brand and how it looks, but you should actually be looking at how hard it is. Choosing the right hardness for your toothbrush goes a long way when it comes to your oral health, so knowing the difference between different types of toothbrushes can actually save your teeth.

How many types of toothbrushes are there?

There are four types of toothbrushes, based on the hardness of their bristles: hard, medium, soft and extra soft. Hard and extra soft toothbrushes are hard to find in the store, so most toothbrushes you will see are soft or medium.

Each of these types are designed for specific conditions. Extra soft toothbrushes are aimed at people who suffer from gum disease, whose teeth and gums only need a very gentle clean.

Hard toothbrushes are not generally advised, as they can be very tough and can damage tooth enamel. According to Dr. John Koutsoyiannis, dentist at Soho Smile, using a hard toothbrush for extended time can even lead to gingival recession, especially if you brush more than two minutes.

How to choose between soft and medium toothbrush

A healthy person can opt for a medium toothbrush, as long as they know how to brush correctly. Keep your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and gently massage them, moving from the gum towards your teeth. Essentially, you should be pulling your gums over your teeth, in a gentle movement.

If you do have an oral health problem, as small as it is, you should be picking a soft toothbrush. Make sure you brush correctly and take your time, brushing each teeth twice. A soft toothbrush can leave your teeth just as clean as a medium toothbrush, because it can easily mold over your teeth and remove all the debris caught between your teeth.

What about size and shape

When you look at the toothbrush aisle you will see a wide variety of shapes, sizes and models. Apart from knowing how to pick the right hardness of your toothbrush you need to know how to pick the right model. This is all based on your own comfort. Choose a size you are comfortable with and allows you to reach all your teeth. It is very important that the toothbrush fits your mouth, so pick the brush based on these important criteria. The handle should also be comfortable to use and it should be made from a non-slip material. There are many toothbrushes with a mix of normal and rubber bristles – they work just as good as toothbrushes with normal bristles, as long as you brush your teeth correctly.

If you are still not sure which toothbrush to pick, you need to talk to your dentist. They know your specific dental issues and can give you the best advice on how to pick the right toothbrush to ensure you are not going to damage your teeth while trying to clean them.

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