Why Do I Have to Brush with A Soft Toothbrush?

July 18, 2011

I get this question several times a week…..and it’s a great question.

It is important to use a soft bristle toothbrush to avoid abrasion, recession and sensitive teeth. So, in English , not Dental Speak, let me translate.

We are creatures of habit and most of us brush in exactly the same way each time we brush our teeth. Sometimes, we even apply more steady pressure and use slightly abrasive toothpaste. So, when you count up how many brushing events happen over a lifetime, it really adds up.

If we use a medium or hard bristle brush, we can wear notches in our teeth near the gumline, wear away gums and create sensitivity at the necks of the teeth. However, using a soft brush helps avoid these potential outcomes.

I also hear patients say that their teeth don’t feel clean using a soft bristle brush. Yes, it will take some adjustment both of technique and expectation. A clean mouth is more about the time length and technique of your oral hygiene routine rather than using a particular type of brush.

Dr. Goad and I reccommend using a soft bristle toothbrush at least twice a day for 2 minutes minimum (That’s a long time, but it will do the job). Then add in your flossing once a day and you are on the right track for improved dental health!

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