Our teeth are some of the most important parts of our body. After all, our teeth help us talk, chew food and most importantly, smile wide for the camera. There’s no doubt that we should take care of our teeth and practice great oral health. With all of the different toothbrushes on the market, there’s a frequent debate about which brush is better – hard bristle or soft bristle.
We’re here to tell you five reasons why soft toothbrushes are essential for keeping your pearly whites in tip-top shape!
1. Dentists have already declared a winner
The debate is over, and it has been for quite some time. The American Dental Association plainly states that when it comes to brushing your teeth, you should brush for two minutes a day, twice a day and that soft bristles should be used. If the ADA is saying it, then you should listen.
2. Your enamel will thank you
Contrary to popular belief, brushing hard doesn’t make your teeth any cleaner, instead, it can damage the enamel and your gums. Harder bristles will also put an additional strain on your teeth, chipping away at the integrity. Toothpaste is already rough on the teeth (but necessary!) so don’t make it worse by bringing a hard toothbrush into the mix
3. Hard bristles don’t clean more
The selling point of a hard bristle toothbrush is that it supposedly cleans more, getting all of the debris out, but truthfully, it cleans just the same as a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you have a plaque that can’t be removed with a soft brush, you need to see a dentist, not a hard bristled toothbrush.
4. Soft Bristles last as long as they need to.
While the selling point of hard bristled brushes is the fact that they can last a long time, the truth is, your toothbrush shouldn’t last you a whole year. Remember, you’re brushing your teeth every day to get rid of things like plague, germs and food debris. That brush is going to collect a lot of bacteria over time. If you don’t regularly change toothbrushes every few months, you are going to be working with a very gross brush. Soft bristles might not last a year, but they will last as long as you need them to, which should be four months at the most.
5. Your gum and oral health will improve
We’re not kidding when we say that hard bristles can cause damage to the mouth. If you’re brushing too hard, the bristles will certainly make things a lot worse on your mouth. Switching to soft bristles and reducing your ferocity when brushing will reduce the chances of what’s known as traumatic tooth brushing. This will help your mouth feel better, reduce the chances of bleeding gums and oversensitive teeth.
So if you previously had any doubt, there you have it! 5 excellent reasons why you should switch over from the hard toothbrush bristles the gentle, soft bristles. Your mouth is an important part of your life, so treat it that way and switch today!
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