The evolution of the toothbrush has stemmed over hundreds of years, having gone from twigs to other pieces of debris people rubbed against their teeth. The first toothbrush featured bristles made of boar’s hair and in the 1930s, DuPont de Nemours introduced the toothbrush made with nylon bristles, which are still used today. In today’s world, the choices for a toothbrush are endless with options for a hard toothbrush, soft toothbrush, electric-powered brush, or battery-powered brush.
Toothbrushes are available with extra soft, soft, medium, and hard bristle options. Dentists usually recommend choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles. When browsing toothbrush bristles, the type of bristles that are right for you depends on your oral care needs and the issues you may be suffering from. If you have sensitive teeth, your dentist may recommend brushing with extra-soft bristles.
We recommend staying away from toothbrushes with hard bristles. While some people might enjoy using firm bristles on their teeth, they are unaware that they are brushing away tooth enamel and causing your gums to bleed. On a positive note, hard toothbrushes rid your teeth of more plaque but that one benefit alone is not enough to recommend using hard bristles.
Do you know if you’re brushing your teeth correctly? Brushing your teeth the wrong way can have a negative impact on your oral health. How often you brush, the pressure you put on your teeth, and the hardness of the toothbrush’s bristles all have effects on your teeth and gums. To ensure your brushing correctly, gently move the toothbrush over the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the tooth at a 45 degree angle.
When choosing a toothbrush, go with soft bristles, a shape and size of a toothbrush that fits your mouth and is comfortable, and allows you to reach all your teeth. Contact Dr. Bruce Silva today if you’d like more information on what toothbrush is best for you. Is it time for a check-up? Make an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today.