Reach for the right toothbrush "People think the harder the bristles, and the more aggressive they brush, the better," says Toscano. "But this just isn't the case. The dental care industry offers toothbrushes in soft, medium, and hard, and honestly, I don't know why they sell [hard toothbrushes]. It's got to be a way to just make more money," says Toscano.
So what's so wrong with a good, hard scrubbing? Hard toothbrush bristles and over-aggressive brushing cause gums to recede, exposing the root of the tooth and causing your teeth to look old, says Toscano. Singh agrees. "The plaque and bacteria that build up on your teeth can be more effectively removed with a softer, gentler scrub."
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