From an early age you have been told that it is important to brush your teeth on a daily basis for good oral and dental hygiene. One thing that has been neglected is the importance of the toothbrush bristle on the brush you use. A brush with a comfortable, and effective bristle, is a major factor in helping people be more likely to continue with a healthy habit of brushing your teeth.
Besides being in the habit of brushing your teeth on a daily basis, replacing your toothbrush is equally as important. An older toothbrush can actually hurt your oral health more than it is helping it. A good rule of thumb is to replace your manual brush or electric toothbrush head every 6 months. This way you ensure a brush where the bristles are germ-free and similar to the condition they were in when new.
Types of Toothbrush Bristles
The next time you buy a toothbrush, be sure to read the package to find out what type of bristles it has. There are several types of toothbrush bristles designed to meet different needs.
Hard, Medium, Soft – Most dentists recommend soft-bristled toothbrushes, and extra-soft bristled toothbrushes for anyone who has sensitive teeth or gums, or is recovering from a dental procedure. Some people simply prefer soft bristles. But many people who don’t have sensitive teeth or gums prefer firmer bristles because they believe them to be more effective for removing plaque and stains from the teeth, though that is not the case. In many cases, harder bristles can damage your tooth enamel and make it possible for more cavities and other dental problems.
Size, shape – Toothbrush technology has come a long way, and you can choose from toothbrushes with a variety of bristle types. For example, some toothbrushes bristles feature a cup shape for cleaning around teeth, a diagonal pattern of bristles to clean the sides of the teeth and along the gum line, or mix in a number of longer bristles that can help clean between the teeth. Brush heads also available in different sizes for different sizes mouths and brushing styles. Most Oral-B brushes feature Indicator® bristles that change color after a few months of use to remind you that it is time to replace your toothbrush.
Choosing your next toothbrush doesn’t have to require a PhD, but you should have some knowledge in the different types of bristles in order to choose the right one. Check the box and choose according to your preference and the bristles effectiveness. If you are still unsure, check with your dentist and ask for their recommendation.