A 23-year-old female asked:
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can a toothbrush with somewhat hard bristles n with eigh.four each side. rubber spikes i.e gum massagers n crisscross bristles harm enamel or gums???

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Dr. James Manning
42 years experience Dentistry
Please clarify...: Your statement is somewhat difficult to understand. Could you clarify your syntax? Aggressive toothbrush use of any type can be detrimental. Your dentist or hygienist can advise you of what you should use. Most recommend use of a soft bristle brush with a Bass or modified Bass technique.
Answered on May 4, 2015
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Overzealous Brushing: Brushing too hard can irritate your gums and slowly cause recession. Brush gently and thoroughly. Don't forget to floss. Overuse of abrasive toothpaste can wear away your enamel.
Answered on May 1, 2015
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Dr. Brian Hoffman
13 years experience Dentistry
Tickle your teeth to death; never scrub them!
May 1, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Not recommended: Hard toothbrushes are not recommended by dental professionals. Users of hard bristled brushes usually omit the important areas which need brushing the most: near the margins of the gingiva and dental papilla. This omission is because the hard brush hurts the soft tissue when the toothbrush touches the area. The soft brushes reduce trauma to the gingiva and promote good dental health.
Answered on May 4, 2015
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Yes: A hard toothbrush can damage your gums and wear your teeth at the gums line.it is best to use soft bristles and a gentle technique. You do not need a lot of force to remove plaque and clean your teeth. Be gentle.
Answered on May 3, 2015
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