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How does a hard-bristled toothbrush cause dental problems?

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Some people think the firmer the toothbrush, the better. This isn’t so, especially for older adults. With age, the gums push back and the roots of the teeth become exposed, often increasing sensitivity. The root is covered with cementum, which is worn away more easily than enamel. A brush with too-firm bristles may irritate the gums and lead to sensitive teeth.

Ask your dentist or hygienist what toothbrush might be best to maintain your dental health.

SOURCES:

Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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