Should You Use a Toothbrush With Soft or Hard Bristles?

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We all know that brushing our teeth is an important part of the oral hygiene routine. Obviously, you’ll need a good toothbrush to brush your teeth, but what type of toothbrush should you really be using?


Today there are a variety of choices including disposable and electric toothbrushes. Today’s toothbrushes also come in a selection of different bristle types including soft, medium, and hard nylon bristles.

For most people, a toothbrush with soft bristles will more than suffice. Soft bristles are the most comfortable and the safest for your teeth. If you brush your teeth aggressively, medium or hard bristles can cause damage to your tooth enamel, roots, and gums.

You’ll also want to be sure the bristles have rounded tips to help protect your teeth. Children should almost always use a toothbrush with soft bristles because their teeth are more sensitive than those of adults.

Your dentist may even suggest a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles if your teeth are sensitive. Toothbrushes with harder bristles are becoming increasingly more difficult to find because they typically aren’t good for your teeth. Hard-bristled toothbrushes are actually more commonly used for other purposes such as cleaning tile and grout.

If you plan on using anything other than a soft-bristled toothbrush, be sure to consult with your dentist first. There may be reasons why they would recommend using a medium-bristled brush, but chances are they won’t want you to use a toothbrush with hard bristles on your teeth and gums.

If you need a more effective way to brush your teeth, you might be better off going with an electric toothbrush than a manual one with harder bristles. The experienced and compassionate team at Tribeca Dental provides a variety of services including:


  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Sealants
  • Checkups and Cleanings
  • TMJ and Bruxism
  • Sports Guards
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Periodontal Disease Treatment
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Dental Crowns and Bridges
  • And Much, Much More


Give us a call today at 212-561-5303 to schedule an appointment or learn more.