Why do the bristles on my toothbrush bend out?

Brushing Best Practices, Dental Health

Does your toothbrush typically look like it’s having a bad hair day?

Are the bristles bending out in all directions? If your answer is yes, you may need to make an adjustment to your brushing style.

Whether it’s a Sonicare, Oral B, or your favorite drug store brand toothbrush, bristles that bend out are often a sign of brushing too vigorously. If you brush too hard it, the typical result is recession of the gingival or gum tissue, when the root surface is exposed it can cause sensitivity to things that are hot, cold, and or sweets. 

The goal of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque. In our quest to remove as much plaque is possible, it is easy to brush unnecessarily hard.

So, how can we brush most effectively?

Ultimately, the ‘less is more’ principle is critical. There is a limit to the amount of pressure your teeth need to make a brushing session effective. Light brushing for two minutes is enough to do the job.  

Remembering to brush the top, outside, and inside of the teeth.  When brushing the inside and outside having the brush at a 45 degree angle with the bristles lightly touching the gums is preferred.  Making sure to clean the whole tooth and not missing that plaque hidden along the gumline!

How Effective is your brushing routine?

Are your teeth getting proper daily care? If you are due for a check-up, South University Dental in Fargo, ND has friendly professionals who care about making your smile last a lifetime. Call (701) 232-8884 today to schedule your appointment or ask any questions.