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Toothbrushes with Hard Bristles Often Do More Harm than Good

Posted on 5/15/2019 by WDG Office
Toothbrushes with Hard Bristles Often Do More Harm than GoodAll toothbrushes do about the same thing, right? That's not always the case, especially when it comes to bristles. Toothbrushes are usually split into three different categories when it comes to bristles: soft, medium, and hard.

While soft and medium bristles are usually fine for daily use, hard bristles are not. In fact, they can actually do more harm than good if you use them all the time.

Why Hard Bristle Are Harmful

Hard bristled toothbrushes are pretty much exactly what they sound like: the bristles on the head are very stiff and do not bend easily. These toothbrushes are very uncomfortable to use and can actually scrape the enamel off of your teeth if you use them too much. They can also cause your gums to bleed more easily. If you already have gums that bleed easily due to some other issue, a hard bristled toothbrush can be downright painful to use.

Are they Ever Useful?
There are actually a few times when hard bristled toothbrushes are actually useful. They can be helpful in removing stains from your teeth, although you do need to be very careful when using them. You don't want to brush your gums too much with the hard bristles.

Another use for hard bristles is in cleaning dentures. It can be difficult to get dentures really clean, and since you can remove them, you don't have to worry about hurting your gums.

If you do want to use a hard bristle toothbrush to clean your teeth, only do so every now and then. Never start using that type of toothbrush for your regular brushing since it can so easily hurt your teeth and gums. If you have any questions about using hard bristled toothbrushes, be sure to ask next time you're in to see us or give us a call today.
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