Hard or Soft Bristles: Selecting Your Perfect Toothbrush


Perusing the oral care section of the local drugstore can sometimes be overwhelming. How do you know if you’re looking for a hard toothbrush with firm bristles or a gentler soft-type toothbrush? Is there any option that is “just right” for you? Finding the perfect toothbrush for your teeth can make all the difference. Here’s what you need to know to select the perfect toothbrush for you.



Most oral care professionals recommend soft toothbrushes. Hard or medium bristles can be harsh on your gums and tooth enamel. Most people will do best with a soft-bristled toothbrush. For those who have enamel erosion, dentists may even recommend an extra-soft option. The biggest factors in determining the best fit are: how often you brush your teeth, the technique you use, the pressure applied when brushing and the strength of the bristles. If you brush your teeth and gums often and with a good amount of force, hard bristles may cause more gum recession away than a soft-bristled alternative.





Hard bristles only remove slightly more plaque. The biggest benefit of a hard-bristled toothbrush is that it removes more plaque than its softer counterparts, but the difference is minimal. Risking your gums and tooth enamel for a small advantage isn’t likely to be worth the risk. One alternative is an electric or battery-powered toothbrush. These are designed to offer a little more oomph and a better clean without harming your mouth.



Go Round and Round. Outside of the hard versus soft debate, not all bristle shapes are created equal. Rounded bristles better protect the teeth and can more easily reach cervices. With respect to powered toothbrushes, the rotation oscillation ones are most effective. This type of toothbrush has bristles that move in a circular rotation, and back and forth, which is an effective alternative to a manual brush.






The most important factor in determining toothbrush firmness is whether you’re comfortable using it during your normal brushing routine. Proper brushing technique can also make a big difference in determining the option that’s right for you. For the latest and best information about your specific needs, schedule an schedule an appointment at TenderCare Dental. With eight locations in the Portland area, professional dental care is always in reach. We’re happy to help you find the right toothbrush for you and provide tips on how to maintain good oral health outside the office.