We get it, the harder the toothbrush, the cleaner your teeth feel. But what you do not feel is the slow process of those hard bristles scrubbing away your enamel and putting you at higher risk for recession, cavities, and fractured teeth. Continuous use of a hard bristle toothbrush with an aggressive force is clinically proven to recess your gums, wear down the enamel surface, increase risk of sensitive teeth, and expose root surfaces.
Soft bristled toothbrushes gently massage gums and the enamel without prolonged harm to the gums or teeth. If your teeth do not feel as “clean” after using a soft bristled toothbrush, perhaps try brushing longer or switching to a different toothpaste that is directed at plaque removal.
Dental professionals across the country, and here at Life Smiles family dentistry in Plymouth, MN recommend two full minutes of brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush with rounded tips for a beautiful, healthy smile!