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If you have a hard time choosing between a soft and hard-bristled toothbrush, then our dentist, Dr. Scott, is happy to help you. It’s best to choose the right toothbrush for your smile. That way you can have the healthy teeth and gums you deserve. To help you, he is happy to compare the two tools so you can identify the differences.

To go the obvious route, soft-bristled toothbrushes are made with soft bristles while hard-bristled toothbrushes are made with hard bristles. This might make you think that the hard bristles provide a more effective cleaning job. Well, this isn’t true. The soft bristles do a better job cleaning because they are flexible. This makes it possible to reach and clean hidden or hard-to-reach areas of the smile.

Soft bristles tend to be gentle with the teeth and gums while the hard bristles are a bit rougher and tougher. The hard bristles can be dangerous for the smile because they can wear away the tooth enamel and make the gums recede from the base of the teeth. These things can cause tooth sensitivity and can even affect the appearance of your smile. In this case, it’s better to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

To learn more about toothbrushes in Alexandria, Virginia, please contact McQuiston Dental at 703-354-0111. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment if you would like to ask your dentist which tool is right for you and your smile. We look forward to helping you!