Should the Bristles of Your Toothbrush Bend When You Brush?
Posted on 6/7/2021 by Dr. David Welton
When brushing your teeth, the bristles of the toothbrush should not bend. If they do, then you need to change your brushing style. It is healthy to regularly brush your teeth but brushing harder can cause damage to them. Read on for the importance of brushing your teeth gently and why the toothbrush bristles should not bend when you brush.
Bristle Bending When You Brush
If you usually replace your toothbrush with a new one after three months, vigorous brushing can cause the toothbrush to wear out earlier than that. One of the best ways to avoid premature wearing out of your toothbrush is brushing gently. You also need to determine if you are brushing vigorously. The best way to tell if you are doing it vigorously is by brushing in front of a mirror. Keenly watch the bristles on your toothbrush; they should stay straight. Firm and straight bristles are ideal because they gently rub the debris and bacteria from the surface of your teeth.
If you put excessive pressure on your toothbrush and your teeth, the bristles will bend. Therefore, if you notice your toothbrush bristles bending, you are brushing too hard. You should stop brushing your teeth too hard, trying to get them whiter or cleaner faster. It can damage your teeth. There are recommended ways of getting your teeth whiter instead of brushing too hard. They include flossing, brushing, and avoiding substances like tobacco products, coffee, among others.
Therefore, when brushing, the bristles of your toothbrush should not bend. Apply gentle pressure that will effectively clean the debris and bacteria from the surface of your tooth. We recommend nylon bristles that are soft and can reach the remote areas in your mouth. This is because nylon bristles do not bend when brushing. Visit our offices for more information on safe brushing habits.
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