Let’s talk about bristles! Never really thought about them right?
The first nylon bristles were introduced in 1938 by DuPont and ever since, these have been the gold standard of bristles. Bristles can be broadly categorized into three categories:
Hard - these bristles are very stiff and rigid and are not recommended by dentists, as they can scratch the teeth and damage the gums, potentially leading to receding gums and increased sensitivity. Hard bristles also don’t have the flexibility to reach all areas of the mouth and can leave food particles behind. So, it’s best to stay away from them.
Medium – these bristles are a bit softer than the hard bristles, however, you have to be extremely careful about how much pressure you exert when using this as it could irritate your gums if you brush too harshly. With a significant chunk of the population being over-brushers, it’s best to avoid medium bristles entirely, to avoid causing any damage to the enamel and gums.
Soft – soft bristles are universally recommended by dentists because they are gentle on the teeth and gums while effectively being able to remove bacteria and plaque. For extra cleaning power, pick a toothbrush with angled bristles such as the W-shaped soft DuPont bristles in the SuperBrush. The unique W-shaped bristles combined with the small brush head size means that the SuperBrush will clean all the hard to reach corners of your mouth, leaving you with fresher than ever breath!
Another thing to remember – always replace your brush heads every 3 months (or after anytime you’ve fallen sick, to avoid the risk of reinfection). After repeated uses, the bristles lose their firmness and are less effective in cleaning. You can buy replacement brush heads for your SuperBrush here.