The Doctors: Hard vs Soft Toothbrushes
A viewer sent in a video to The Doctors TV Show asking about toothbrushes. She said her dentist has been telling her for years to use soft bristle toothbrushes, but if this is the case, why do they even make hard bristle brushes?
Dr. Bill Dorfman joined The Drs. to answer her question. He said the only reason why toothbrush companies sell hard bristle toothbrushes is because people buy them.
The doctors went out into the field to give people on the streets free toothbrushes, with a choice of soft, medium or firm. One lady chose a medium, and two people chose firm. One lady said she doesn’t like the soft bristles because they seem to wear out easier. Finally, a man chose a soft brush and said the hard ones are abrasive and cause your gums to bleed.
The Doctors: Soft Toothbrush Will Remove Soft Plaque
At the end of the experiment, 24% chose soft, 62% chose medium and 14% chose hard. Dr. Dorfman said hard and medium toothbrushes are just too hard, and they damage your teeth and gums, which won’t grow back.
Plaque that forms on your teeth all day long is soft, so all you have to do is softly brush it off and you’re good. If you brush too hard, you’ll brush away the tooth structure and gums. If you brush your teeth too hard, you’ll get abrasion on your teeth.
The Doctors: Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Review
Dr. Travis Stork asked how many audience members use a soft toothbrush, and not many raised their hands. Dr. Dorfman said there’s no appropriate time for a hard toothbrush, and his personal favorite is a power toothbrush, especially the Philips Sonicare toothbrush.
Research has shown that two weeks with the Sonicare will improve your gums tremendously. Philips is also doing a program with the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation where they’re giving free dental care and oral health tips to teens across the United States.
Everyone in the audience got to take a Philips Sonicare toothbrush home. Dr. Dorfman said that everyone needed to actually use it or else the tooth fairy would come and kill them with a giant toothbrush…scary! Learn more about the Sonicare in the video below.