“All toothbrushes are made equal.” False. Toothbrushes are designed not only by shape and size, but also by the texture of the bristles themselves. For instance, every time you walk down the toothbrush aisle at the grocery store, you will notice that toothbrushes are arranged not by color but by the softness of the brush: medium, soft, and extra soft. But how can you tell what type of brush is right for you? Read on to learn more.

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During your next dental checkup with Dr. Scott Tamura, as him what type of toothbrush he recommends that you use— this is the ultimate way to ensure that you are picking the right type of toothbrush for all of your oral hygiene needs.

Types of Bristles

  • Extra Soft: It used to be that extra soft bristles were only used on children’s toothbrushes, however, with the emergence of more and more patients getting things like gingivitis (gum disease), extra soft toothbrushes have gained popularity amongst adults as well. Because these toothbrushes are extra soft, they are safe to work around inflamed or irritated gums without causes any further irritation.
  • Soft: Soft bristled toothbrushes are the most common type of toothbrush that patients with not real dental problems or concerns should use. Designed to clean your teeth properly without irritating your gums too much, soft bristled toothbrushes give most patients the best of both worlds.
  • Medium: Not recommended for most patients but beneficial to those who just can’t get their teeth properly cleaned, medium bristled toothbrushes are great for a certain type of dental patient. For instance, if Dr. Scott Tamura notices that you have a lot of built-up tartar and plaque on your teeth, he might recommend that you get a medium toothbrush in order to scrape away all of that gunk on your teeth.

The next time you go to the grocery store to pick up a new toothbrush, don’t forget the differences between an extra-soft, soft, and medium bristled toothbrush. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Scott Tamura’s office today!