Silicone toothbrushes primarily got their start as being a starter toothbrush for babies who had just gotten their first tooth as the silicone bristles fared better on their sensitive gums than other forms of bristles, such as nylon. However, silicone toothbrushes have now branched out and are becoming popular amongst adults, most likely those who have gums that are sensitive and prone to bleeding.
Despite being much softer, silicone toothbrushes perform the same way as a traditional brush, being able to get in between the teeth and around the gum line to remove particles and bacteria quickly and efficiently. For those that prefer to use them or are unable to use a regular toothbrush, electric versions are also available for a quick and easy clean.
Will silicone toothbrushes eventually become the norm that we see on the drugstore shelves? It’s difficult to say, but with the amount of positive research out there, we may see a shift in the materials that we trust to clean our teeth.
However, whatever toothbrush you keep stocked in your bathroom cabinet, continue to follow your dentist’s advice and brush your teeth twice a day, morning and night. If you experience bleeding gums while brushing your teeth, or are unable to clean them properly, call or book online to schedule a consultation.