Soft, Medium or Hard Bristle Toothbrushes: Which is the Best?

When going to the store to choose a new toothbrush, most people lean towards the toothbrushes with the soft heads because it feels better on the teeth and the surrounding gums. However, most people wonder why the medium and hard brushes even exist if so many people buy the soft ones. There is a reason that three different varieties of bristles exist. Today, we will go over each one to determine which is the best choice when buying a new toothbrush.

Hard toothbrushes:

It may seem pointless even to purchase a toothbrush that has hard bristles as the head, but there are reasons behind these uncomfortable toothbrushes. While hard bristled toothbrushes aren’t typically recommended for everyday use, they can be beneficial towards things such as stain removal cleanings or denture cleanings. Because the average person has some stains on the teeth, it is most likely that having the option to use a harder toothbrush will come in handy when they are trying to remove stains. Dentures can be challenging to get clean, so having a hard toothbrush to use on them is perfect because there won’t be any actual harm done to the gums.

Everyday use of hard toothbrushes can be dangerous to the teeth. Brushing too hard can cause wear on the enamel of each tooth or damage to the gum lining. Avoid using hard toothbrushes every day, but don’t hesitate to use them occasionally for stain removal or denture cleaning.

Medium toothbrushes

Medium toothbrushes are an excellent in-between texture for healthy teeth cleaning. The bristles are stiff enough that they efficiently clean the teeth of plaque and built up food particles, but they aren’t too hard where they can cause damage to the enamel. However, if the bristles do brush against the gums too hard or too often, they may cause the gums to bleed. Medium toothbrushes provide benefits to teeth cleaning itself but are prepared to pay close attention to the gums when brushing.

Soft toothbrushes

Lastly, soft toothbrushes seem to be the most comfortable toothbrush for everybody. They aren’t too rough on the gums or on the teeth itself. However, this can also be seen as a disadvantage. If the bristles are too soft, they may not properly scrub the teeth of plaque or built up foods, which is the whole point of using a toothbrush. On the other hand, soft toothbrushes are also ideal for children which medium and hard would not be because they can be too rough. Using a soft-headed toothbrush is suitable for people of all ages, so long as the person using it, does so efficiently enough to cleanse their teeth.

While toothbrushes are an everyday necessity, there are a few different kinds that can be used based on the need. A good everyday brush would be a soft or medium headed one to ensure proper cleaning, but also comfort. If dentures are apart of the daily routine then investing in a harder bristled one would be smart. What children do best with soft brushes as the head won’t irritate their gums, while people with stained teeth may want to look into a harder bristled brush to scrub away the stains.

If you’re still curious about the best toothbrush to use, then feel free to give us a call. Our trained experts will be able to assist you in choosing the best type of toothbrush.

Request an appointment here: or call Active Dental at (972) 534-6024 for an appointment in our Irving office.

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