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Soft, Medium, or Hard Bristles: Which Brush Is Right For Your Mouth?

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Wauwatosa Dentistry

We all know that there are different stiffnesses when it comes to toothbrush bristles, but do you really know what the pros and cons of each are? Each type of bristle satisfies different needs for different mouths. So, which kind of toothbrush is right for your mouth?


Soft toothbrushes are great for people of all ages, but especially children. They are gentle on the gums, ensuring that they don’t cause bleeding or tenderness in the mouth. However, one must make sure they are cleaning their teeth properly when using soft toothbrushes, as they may not properly scrub the plaque and food of the teeth.


A medium toothbrush is a great in-between option. The bristles are hard enough to scrub any build-up off of your teeth, yet at the same time, they won’t be too hard on the teeth or gums, causing damage or soreness. Medium bristles can provide all the benefits of a soft and hard toothbrush combined.


Hard bristle toothbrushes are not recommended for everyday use as they can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth. However, they do have a purpose. Hard toothbrushes are easier to use than other toothbrushes to remove stains or clean dentures/retainers. Having a hard toothbrush on hand is excellent in these cases as they won’t harm your teeth or gums.

Just like the importance of owning a good toothbrush, it is also essential to have regular teeth cleanings. We want to be your dentist! At Firefly Family Dentistry, our team is familiar with just how different each smile is, so we are always committed to providing dentistry that is not only professional but personalized. Call 414-258-8190 or contact us to schedule your appointment today.