Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes vs. Soft-Bristled Toothbrushes By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on June 28, 2014

Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes vs. Soft-Bristled ToothbrushesThere a number of minor things that can have a major impact on your dental health and wellness. You may be surprised to learn this. Everything from the food you eat to your dental hygiene practices can have a bearing on your smile. This is why it's so important to discuss various dental health topics with your dentist. A restorative and cosmetic dentist considers the health and aesthetics of your smile, ensuring that you make smart choices that result in good dental heath for years and years down the road.

Right now, we'd like to consider some of the basics with regard to one of the most key dental health decisions you can make: the type of bristles on your toothbrush. Many people take this for granted, but they really shouldn't.

How much do bristles matter with regard to toothbrushes?

Bristles can make a major difference when it comes to your dental health and wellness. For the vast majority of patients, it's best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush as opposed to a toothbrush with hard bristles. Even medium bristles can cause harm to the teeth despite gentle brushing. Soft bristles help protect various parts of the mouth from unintentional damage and harm.

The Damage That Hard Bristles Can Do to Your Smile

Hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause serious abrasion to different structures of the mouth, including the gumline, the root structure of the tooth, and even the tooth enamel itself. In fact, one of the common causes of gum recession is brushing teeth too vigorously with hard bristles.

Why Soft Bristles Matter to Your Smile

While a soft-bristled toothbrush may wear out a bit sooner than one with hard bristles, it is much gentler to the teeth and gums. This helps prevent recession and tissue loss along the gumline and helps ensure the lasting strength of the teeth over time.

Other Factors to Consider When Picking a Toothbrush

Another important part of choosing the right toothbrush for you and your needs is the size of the toothbrush's head. A smaller head on the toothbrush is better overall in that it allows you to reach the rear molars and the nooks and crannies of your mouth with greater ease.

Addressing Issues with Gum Recession and Periodontal Health

Since gum recession is a common issue associated with hard-bristled toothbrushes, it's important to consider your many options for restoring a damaged gumline. Numerous general dentistry solutions can address gum recession and other periodontal health issues. The most common option for treating gum recession is soft tissue augmentation, which helps rebuild the gumline using grafts of donor tissue or artificial gum tissue.

We can go over these options in greater detail when you stop by our practice for a consultation.

Learn More About Achieving Optimal Dental Health

If you would like more information about preventative care and how we can help address serious dental health problems, be sure to contact our Knoxville, TN cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best looking smile possible as well as optimal dental wellness overall.

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Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS Family Dentistry in Knoxville

Our practice has provided skilled and compassionate dentistry for patients in the Knoxville, TN, community for over 30 years. Dr. Zarger is a member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Second District Dental Society
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

We strive to make care convenient and affordable to all patients and accept CareCredit financing to help reduce the cost of treatment. Schedule your consultation today online, or by calling (865) 693-7631.

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