Are There Benefits to Silicone Toothbrush Heads?

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The toothbrush has evolved quite impressively over the last few thousand years, from chewing sticks to brushes made of hogs hair to the nylon ones we find on our fancy manual and electric toothbrushes we use today. But there’s a new trend in the toothbrush world: silicone toothbrush heads. We’ve seen how they work on skin, but are they better for your teeth too?
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How Silicone Toothbrush Heads are Different

Unlike nylon bristles, silicone bristles are larger and gentler, making them a good substitute for soft nylon brush heads. Moreover, they don’t harbor as much bacteria as nylon bristles do, so you don’t have to replace them as often as you would your nylon brush heads.

As with anything new, it does take time to get used to silicone brush heads. The larger bristles and different texture do make the brushing experience different for some, but the transition shouldn’t be much different than switching from a manual toothbrush to an electric one, or even switching between toothbrushes with different designs. In addition, because many silicone toothbrush heads are wider than nylon ones, it will take some time to figure out the proper brushing technique for you.

Who are Silicone Toothbrush Heads Best For?

Since they are more gentle yet still effective, silicone toothbrush heads are great for people who have sensitive teeth or otherwise require a gentler brushing experience.
If you’re a fan of natural products, silicone toothbrush heads are supposedly more environmentally sustainable than their more popular counterparts.

Silicone toothbrushes have not been put through as much rigorous testing or trials as nylon ones, so be sure to do your research if you’re interested in making the switch. We’re huge fans of embracing new technology and products at Edgewater Dental Arts, and we’re happy to help you choose the right toothbrush for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.