How hard should I brush my teeth
Toothbrush: hard, soft or medium?
When buying a toothbrush in the drugstore, you can choose between soft, hard and "medium" brushes. A general recommendation is usually that soft brushes are the best choice. But is that really true? Find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of the different brush models.
Soft toothbrushes: who are they for?
People who are more prone to bleeding gums and inflammation are better off with a soft toothbrush for two reasons: On the one hand, they avoid pressure pain on the possibly already irritated gums. On the other hand, the bristles of a soft toothbrush can nestle better against the surface of the tooth and along the spaces between the teeth, so that the transition between tooth and gum is better reached - since inflammation primarily originates here, special attention must be paid to this area of the mouth.
That being said, “cleaning mistakes” with soft toothbrushes do not have such a strong impact. However, soft toothbrushes also achieve the worst cleaning results, as a test by Stiftung Warentest showed. Thorough cleaning is therefore particularly important for these models. Another disadvantage is the short service life, since the soft bristles wear out relatively quickly.
Hard toothbrushes clean better
If you don't have any problems with your gums or exposed tooth necks, you can use a hard toothbrush as well. The bristles are noticeably stiffer and clean more thoroughly than soft toothbrushes. They achieved the best cleaning result in the test. If there is already a thin layer of dental plaque, it can be effectively removed even when it has solidified. As a result, daily dental care takes a little less time. In addition, hard toothbrushes last longer and are a little cheaper to buy.
A disadvantage, however, is the "scratching" along the gums, which many people find uncomfortable, and which can cause bleeding if excessive pressure is applied. Therefore, when using a hard toothbrush, the right brushing technique is crucial - vertically from the gum to the tooth without excessive pressure.
Medium-hard toothbrushes are a compromise, as they clean a little more poorly than hard toothbrushes, but are gentler on the gums.
Important NOTE: The information in no way replaces professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online cannot and must not be used to independently make diagnoses or start treatments.
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