Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential for good oral hygiene. Most of us are more inclined to stick to a good oral health care routine if the type of toothbrush - especially the type of bristle - is comfortable and feels just right.
So next time you buy a toothbrush, be sure to read the package to find out what type of bristles it has. There are several types of toothbrush bristles designed to meet different needs:
- Hard, medium, or soft: Most dentists recommend soft-bristled toothbrushes, and extra-soft bristled toothbrushes for anyone who has sensitive teeth or gums, or is recovering from a dental procedure. Some people simply prefer soft bristles. But many people who don’t have sensitive teeth or gums prefer firmer bristles because they believe them to be more effective for removing plaque and stains from the teeth, though that is not the case. Effective toothbrushing can be accomplished with soft and extra-soft bristles.
- Shapes and sizes: Toothbrush technology has come a long way, and you can choose from toothbrushes with a variety of bristle types. For example, some toothbrushes bristles feature a cup shape for cleaning around teeth, a diagonal pattern of bristles to clean the sides of the teeth and along the gum line, or mix in a number of longer bristles that can help clean between the teeth. Brush heads also available in different sizes for different sizes mouths and brushing styles. Most Oral-B brushes feature Indicator® bristles that change color after a few months of use to remind you that it is time to replace your toothbrush.
If you aren’t sure what style of toothbrush bristle is best for you, ask your dentist for suggestions. In the end, the best toothbrush is the one that feels most comfortable to you - so you’ll use it every day.