Hard bristled toothbrushes can give your teeth a more vigorous scrub, so they’ll clean your mouth better, right? Actually, no. It’s a common misconception that hard bristled toothbrushes clean better.
The truth is, they can actually damage your teeth and gums.
Yes, hard bristles are great at removing plaque and stain, but they also wear down something you don’t want to lose — your tooth enamel. Enamel is there to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria, so you’re not doing yourself any favors by scrubbing away at it with too-hard bristles. Wear away too much enamel and you might start experiencing uncomfortable symptoms like tooth sensitivity, yellowness, and rough uneven edges on your teeth as the inner layers become exposed.
Enamel isn’t the only part of your mouth you have to worry about. Hard bristles can also damage your gums and eventually cause them to recede. When gums recede and the root surface of the tooth is exposed, you may experience sensitivity and you’re at greater risk for developing cavities.
Your goal is to remove plaque as gently as possible to protect your teeth and gums as you get them sparkling clean. That’s why soft toothbrushes are a safer and healthier option.