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does any dentist recommend a soft tooth brush?

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Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
Over a hard and medi: The harder the bristles the greater the possibility of tooth brush abrasion if technique is not excellent. The crub the tooth mentality will even allow a soft tooth brush to cause abrasion. The high end mechanical brushes have a vibrational aspect to them that actually provide a benefit over hand held tooth brushes. In addition, the high end mechanical brushes usually have a 2 minute timer.
Dr. David Duguid
Dentistry 29 years experience
Of course: Think of your teeth as the surface of a fine sports car. You wouldn't scrub that with an abrasive hard brush would you? Or your fine china with something abrasive? The action of the tooth brush against the "sticky" plaque is the most important. Take your time. Make sure you brush each tooth long enough to remove the plaque. A soft tooth brush is definitely better than a medium or hard one.

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Last updated Apr 4, 2014

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