It is always better to use a toothbrush with gentler bristles. A firm toothbrush is rarely sold. That is because this type of toothbrush can erode the tooth enamel and damage the gums. Using a soft-bristled brush prevents this from happening.
Besides using a softer bristled toothbrush, you need to know the correct way to use it. Your teeth and gums may be damaged if the brush pressure is extreme or you are not using a toothpaste with fluoride.
Why You Cannot Use a Firm Toothbrush
While you may think firmer bristles will clean away more plaque, you will still increase the risk of tooth damage and gum recession. The best way to keep your teeth clean is to use softer bristles and brush gently. You can still get your teeth clean without harming them. To learn more about your cleaning options, talk to us. Maybe you believe that it may be best to switch from a manual brush to an electric toothbrush. This may be an option if you want to clean your teeth without harm.
According to periodontal researchers, a number of factors can influence whether people will experience wear-and-tear on their teeth and gums. Besides your choice of a toothbrush, you need to factor in the number of times spent brushing the teeth and how the teeth are brushed. You may not know that your toothbrush or the way that you brush are actually injurious to your teeth and gums.
To schedule an exam and cleaning and learn more about at-home dental health, give us a call today. Make sure you complement your in-office dental care with an effective at-home oral hygiene program. Besides your toothbrush, make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride and is gentle on tooth enamel. Visiting our office regularly will help you choose and use the proper products and dental techniques.
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