Soft or Hard? (Toothbrush Bristles that is)

Soft or Hard? (Toothbrush Bristles that is)


Toothbrush bristles are obviously important to making a toothbrush work. Our toothbrush bristles are classified as medium, but are arguably more like a medium soft.

You are probably used to a particular feeling of bristles in your mouth and as a result favour a hard or firm bristle, as we used to. However, evidence suggests that many people brush their teeth too hard and actually damage what they are trying to protect; their teeth. The NHS guidance to brushing teeth recommends a medium or soft brush for most people, so who are we to argue?

Even toothbrush giants themselves, Colgate, recommend a soft bristle brush, describing soft bristles and a shape that is comfortable to hold as the two key features for choosing a brush. Don’t believe me?  See for yourself here

The NHS also recommend a toothpaste with between 1350 and 1500 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. It's no coincidence that our Non Plastic Beach plastic-free toothpaste tablets contain 1450 ppm of fluoride to keep your dentist happy.

We found soft bristles a little strange to begin with but we are totally converted.  And surely it’s worth a try?  If everyone in the UK tried a bamboo toothbrush just one time, then that would be 66 million fewer plastic toothbrushes heading to landfill to sit around for hundreds of years.

Whatever you choose, remember to do what feels right for you. For example, if you don’t want to move away from an electric toothbrush, then don’t.  Just make your plastic free swaps elsewhere.  One swap at a time.

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