Of all the important decisions you would be taking in your life, we know that deciding the firmness of your toothbrush won’t be one of them. Nevertheless, we have decided to dedicate this blog to talk about it. Primarily because brushing our teeth is something all of us do at least once a day. Therefore, let’s spend the next 5 minutes talking about it.

How many types of bristles are there?

 

Contrary to what the caption suggests, there are more options than only soft bristles and hard bristles. We have extra soft and hard bristles on the two ends of the spectrum.  there is soft and medium bristle placed in-between them. But in this blog, we have decided to broadly classify them in two overall categories- Soft and Hard Bristle. Extra soft will fall under soft bristle while the medium will fall under the hard category. Keep that in mind while reading ahead.

Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Pros

 

They are also known as ‘periodontal’ and ‘sulcus’ toothbrushes. The best orthodontist in Kolkata recommends you to use it in case you are suffering from various dental problems. People suffering from gingivitis, receding gums, bleeding gums find this type of brushes to be extremely useful. It tends not to hurt the sensitive areas. Even if you are suffering from a sensitive tooth, we recommend that you use this toothbrush.

Cons

 

There is none. Soft bristle brushes are extremely useful and are recommended by dentists all across the world. Researches had been conducted about the efficiency of a soft-bristled toothbrush. According to the best dental clinic in Kolkata, a soft-bristled toothbrush is equally as effective as a hard-bristled toothbrush when it comes to cleaning the teeth properly and maintaining good oral health. Therefore, do worry if you are using a soft bristle one, it won’t be facing any issue even in the long run.

Hard Bristled Toothbrush

Pros

 

Alright, after years of experience we have concluded that the benefits of using a hard-bristled toothbrush are extremely less. The only time you should be considering using them is on the recommendation by your dentist. But let us tell you, very few dentists will recommend you to use one, to begin with. It might give you a little bit of upper-hand on cleaning the plaque formed on the surface of the tooth. Sometimes you need extra roughness to get rid of stubborn built-up.

 

Cons

 

 

As stated earlier, a hard-bristled toothbrush isn’t good for our tooth. The enamel or the outer layer of the teeth will start to erode away due to the friction caused by everyday usage. It also hurts the gum. ‘Traumatic Toothbrushing’ is a term dentists use to describe the effect hard bristles have on the development of gum recession. Well-Known pediatric dentists in Kolkata have stated that one should never use a hard-bristled toothbrush for brushing the teeth of little children. It is extremely harmful to proper tooth development.

 

 

There, now you know about the effects of using various types of bristles. Hope this blog has made your life a tiny bit easier.