Which type of toothbrush bristles should you pick?
This is an important question that not many people consider and just pick the middle option as there is a lack of information about the bristle options. There are many different types of bristles/brushes that have different benefits to your oral health; soft, medium, firm interdental and sonic.
Soft bristles have many oral health benefits, especially if you have sensitive teeth or erosion. If you push hard on your teeth when brushing, using a soft bristled toothbrush won’t cause damage to the teeth or gums.
Medium bristles are the most commonly displayed in shops and probably what most people are used to. The firmer the bristles are on a toothbrush, the more plaque will be cleaned, so for a deeper clean medium bristles are perfect.
Firm bristles are the least common brushes found in shops but we stock them! People choose firm brushes for a deeper clean. They are perfect for stain removal and removing the most plaque.
Interdental brushes are used for cleaning in between the teeth. Interdental brushes are perfect for reducing plaque and the risk of gingivitis. People with Braces would benefit from using interdental brushes to clean in between the wires of their braces.
Sonic toothbrushes have an oval brush head that pulsates at high speed. The toothbrush makes vertical movements so you should brush with it as you would a manual toothbrush, this is an advantage if you’re not used to an electric toothbrush as you can clean as you would with a manual. Sonic toothbrushes are excellent at plaque and prevent tartar build up. Sonics can prevent gingivitis, bleeding gums and swollen gums.
- Soft bristle toothbrushes are perfect for those with sensitive teeth and gums.
- Medium bristle toothbrushes are for those who would like a deeper clean as they remove more plaque.
- Firm bristle toothbrushes are very useful at removing stains and plaque.
- Interdental brushes should be used in conjunction with toothbrushes to clean in between the teeth.
- Sonic toothbrushes are perfect for timing your 2 minute tooth clean and for reaching hard to reach areas.
Which bristles you choose is a personal choice and you should consider your our personal oral health as each toothbrush has their own benefits.