Toothbrushing Mistake No. 2: Not Picking the Right Bristles
October 23rd, 2013
Some toothbrushes have angled bristles, others straight. So is one type better? Dentists say no.
”It’s more related to technique than the way the bristles come out,” says Sesemann.
What is important when buying a toothbrush? Bristles that are too stiff can aggravate the gums. The ADA recommends a soft-bristled brush.
”Bristles should be sturdy enough to remove plaque but not hard enough to damage [the teeth] when used properly,” says Price. He doesn’t recommend “natural” bristles such as those made from animal hair or boar bristle.
For those who have just undergone surgery or other dental procedures, extra-soft bristles are recommended for delicate care. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush after surgery or any procedure is highly discouraged in order to prevent further damage. So next time you’re going to buy a toothbrush choose check the bristles.
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