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Advantages of Soft-Bristled Toothbrushes

By Bruce Wilderman on January 30, 2011

You’d expect that picking toothbrushes was as easy as just grabbing any old one off the shelf that has the fanciest or most notable bells and whistles. The thing you may not realize is that you also need to consider the condition of the bristles on the toothbrush. The bristles are really what make the toothbrush. The team over at our Philadelphia cosmetic dentistry office has decided to go over a few matters related to the condition of the bristles of a toothbrush. We’ll also touch on a few other things to note so you know how to help prevent tooth decay and cavities at home.

Ideally, you should pick out a toothbrush with soft bristle rather than stiff or hard bristles. This is the better choice for a number of reasons. For one, soft bristles are much gentler on your teeth. If you have a sensitive tooth or teeth that are perhaps weak, this is an important thing to keep in mind. More important, though, toothbrushes with soft bristles are much gentler to your gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Hard or stiff bristles can irritate or harm the gums, which is not something you should be doing when brushing your teeth.

Here’s another reason you may want to consider getting a soft bristle toothbrush: dental care for your children. This is especially important to keep in mind when it comes to the dental care of an infant or toddler. As soon as you see that first tooth appear in your baby’s mouth, it’s a good idea to brush that tooth carefully with a toothbrush with soft bristles. The soft bristles will be gentle on the gums of your child and will also be good for getting rid of any plaque build-up without irritation or discomfort.

In addition to the above concerns about the hardness of the bristles, you should also pick out a toothbrush that has a small head on it so you can access those hard to reach parts of your mouth. If you want to find out more about home dental care and other dental health matters such as Philadelphia dental crowns and teeth whitening, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic dentistry practice serving Philadelphia.

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