Toothbrush, soft, medium or hard?

The topic of this month’s blog is should a toothbrush be soft, medium or hard? The answer here is that it depends on a number of things. Some dentists will tell you that brushing too hard can cause the gums to recede; therefore you don’t want a toothbrush that is too hard. At university I was told that soft toothbrushes are a problem because as the filaments bend it increases the amount of contact of the toothbrush bristles with the tooth and therefore you want to avoid a soft toothbrush! With this understanding it would suggest that a medium hardness toothbrush is best.

toothbrushes soft medium hard

Frankly though I am dubious about both of the above arguments. Gum recession is caused by a number of other factors and I sincerely doubt that a toothbrush alone can ‘rub away’ the hardest natural substance known to man – tooth enamel! There is definitely more to the story than that and the causes vary from individual to individual. We personally coach all of our patients on the best toothbrush for them during our dental hygienist visits. If you are concerned about gum recession, book one in with us today!

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