With so many toothbrush choices available in the grocery store, you might find yourself wandering at the dental care aisle trying to make the best decision. Should you pick soft, medium, or hard-bristled? Just to get away from the whole situation, you go with medium-bristled ones assuming that it would be the safest choice. But actually, it's not.
According to dentist Dr. Margielyn Jorgio, medium and hard-bristled brushes are reliable when removing tooth stains and hard dental deposits such as tartar. However, she says that "these bristles could damage the gums and protective covering of the tooth if not properly used."
She continues: "Sa thickness and flexibility pa lang, [there's] more chance na ma-distribute 'yung pressure sa oral tissues that will cause trauma, gingival bleeding, gingival recession, gingival laceration, and tooth abrasion that will eventually lead to tooth loss."
One of the factors you can look at in order to differentiate the soft, medium, and hard-bristled brushes is their thickness.
"Medium- and hard-bristled brushes are thicker compared to soft-bristled," instructs Dr. Jorgio. "Another factor is 'yung flexibility. The soft-bristled brush is very flexible, medium-bristled is slightly flexible, and hard-bristled brushes are quite firm."
That's why she highly recommends soft-bristled toothbrushes, saying it's the most comfortable to use while still being very effective. "It relaxes the gingiva with its flexibility," she explains. "So less painful siya and will cause less gingival bleeding."
If you're worried that you won't get your teeth as clean with soft brush, though, it may be time to focus on your brushing technique. To clean the teeth and gums thoroughly, Dr. Jorgio recommends using gentle and circular motion. "It's the easiest and most effective method—apply less pressure to reduce trauma to the teeth and promote dental health."
Heavy brushing pressure can result in many of the same problems as using a medium or hard bristle.
Dr. Jorgio also recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months.
"Kapag na-deform na 'yung tip ng bristles, it's an indication that it's time to replace the toothbrush," she advises "It must be replaced immediately to inhibit the growth of microorganisms residing within the brushes."
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