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How hard should your toothbrush be?

28 June 2017

Not all of us are aware that while choosing our toothbrush we shouldn’t pay attention to the price and design only. Choosing the right head size, its shape, the desired type and bristle positioning are all very important too. The most important thing though is adjusting the bristle hardness to our individual needs. The toothbrush chosen wrongly won’t be able to clean our teeth perfectly, in fact, it might damage them.

Avaible bristle hardness

We can find four types of bristle hardness on the market:

  • specialistic (below 0,12 mm in diameter). These toothbrushes are outfitted with very thin, elastic bristles. Recommended for people wearing braces and dentures. They don’t irritate the insides of our mouth after surgical procedures and serious periodontal diseases,
  • soft (bristle diameter between 0,18-0,20 mm) – anybody can use them, as they remove the plaque and residue very carefully. Because of their soft and elastic bristles, it’s impossible to irritate our oral cavity. That’s why such toothbrushes are recommended mostly to the people who struggle with senitive teeth and gums, along with those whose tooth necks have been exposed,
  • moderately hard (bristle diameter between 0,20-0,25 mm). The toothbrushes with such bristles can by used by anyone, as long as they don’t suffer from sensitive teeth/gums or periodontal dieases,
  • hard (betwe