The best tool for the job

The Benefits of Using a Hard Toothbrush

The hard toothbrush gets the job done efficiently. I don't get how anyone could use soft bristles when they don't scrub as hard. The idea of brushing your teeth is to remove all the food and stuff that gets caught on them throughout the day, so why not remove it right? The hard brush scrubs harder and does more than the medium or soft brush. You don't need to be easy on your gums, you need to toughen them up and let them know who's boss.

Where to buy

I have found it increasingly harder to find a hard toothbrush these days. If you go to the store and check out the dental section you will find a pretty even split between soft and medium brushes, but you will have trouble finding a hard brush. I don't know why this is but I have my suspicions. Perhaps the large corporations that create the toothbrushes are looking to give us less efficient tools to keep us coming back and having to spend more money with them. I really can't think of why else there would be a drop-off in the number of hard brushes. Like even 5 years ago I could go around and spot countless numbers of hard brushes. These days the only one I can find is a hard brush made by Reach. It's a treasure hunt just to brush my teeth the right way.


So there you have it. I sport the hard brush as should you if you are all about maximum cleaning. Everything about the hard brush makes sense.

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: Agreed! I don't think its a

Agreed! I don't think its a conspiracy though, probably just the pussification of america and consumer demands for ultra soft snuggly toothbrushes.


Quinton Figueroa: Yeah true, it's probably not

Yeah true, it's probably not a conspiracy... still crazy tho.

Anonymous: Hard toothbrushes

A Hard brushe was the best thing for my teeth. Now my teeth are yellow. Yuk! Hard ones disappeared from the stores more than 5 years ago. I found a site once that said it was because people were bruising their gums with it. Okay, then, those folks should buy medium or soft -- a no-brainer. Why should we Americans who want hard brushes be deprived of that option? Is this a democracy or not?

But, really, I suspect the true reason manufacturers removed them from the market is to force us to buy sonic oral brushing contraptions. I have one -- not much used. I just like to pick up a regular toothbrush, any time of day, and clean my teeth to a nice plaque-free, rub-your-tongue-smoothnes white like they used to be. No plug-ins, no charge-up, no battery operations; just pure, clean brushing for the sake of it.


Anonymous: Hard Toothbrush
@Anonymous (view comment)

I have always used a hard tooth brush until they started to disappear from the stores.My teeth and gums always felt very clean . Now to get the same squeaky clean feel I have to go for a cleaning every 2 months which can get quite expensive and I have to keep my fingers crossed that she does it as good each time. I too miss the nice plaque-free, rub-your-tongue-smoothness feeling, white like they used to be. I have also checked Walmart for this crystal clean toothbrush. They don't have it,not here anyway.

Dr. Jared Jones: The downside to using a hard

The downside to using a hard toothbrush is that you may damage your gums eventually. Not everyone knows how to brush properly, especially along the gum lines. Softer bristles are my recommendation for these type of individuals.

Mrs Shirley Garrad: Hard toothbrushes
@Dr. Jared Jones (view comment)

Maybe some great person finds out that softer toothbrushes are good for one or another, but that is no excuse for taking the hard bristle brushes off the market. I don't like being bullied into having to spend my pension money on something that leaves my teeth needing a clean, and I don't have enough pension to keep paying £35-£45 a time to have them cleaned! I think it is just a ploy for the poor hardup dentists, who have achitecturally built houses, large expensive cars etc, etc, to make even more money. I have a plate with four teeth on it, but the rest of my mouth is full of my own teeth and I am nearly 75. I think the world is becoming even more of a despotic place to live and something should be done about it. I agree that knew thinking about things is right, but I really do think it is important for people to make up their minds about what they want to do. It is virtually criminal to take off the market something that you think is not good for people. THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES. I need to know where I can buy a proper hard bristle toothbrush because I hate using something that is more like cleaning my teeth with cotton wool.

Gerry: I know, right? It's like lead
@Mrs Shirley Garrad (view comment)

I know, right? It's like lead paint in toys. I mean, parents should be allowed to decide whether their children should be able to play with toys that have lead paint in them, right? It was virtually criminal to take lead-saturated toys off the market; it was all just a ploy by those toy manufacturers to boost the prices of their products with the excuse that lead-free toys are more expensive to manufacture. I mean PARENTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES IF THEIR CHILDREN END UP WITH LEAD POISONING AND MENTAL RETARDATION. It's not like anyone else's tax dollars end up paying for health care, welfare, and possibly correctional facilities for those affected, all of which result from the parents' stupid, uninformed decisions. Ya know? Lead paint colors are just so much more vivid!

Lynn G: Hard Toothbrushes

My grandmother recently passed away. She was 96 years old. All of her life she used hard tooth brushes. She brushed her teeth, religiously, four times per day- every day. She died with ALL of her adult teeth. She never had a root canal nor a cap. Dentists will tell you that hard tooth brushes damage your gums. I have two grandparents left. Both are in their 90's and have all of their teeth as did my other grandmother. They also use hard tooth brushes. If you use a hard tooth brush, you won't need to go in to have your teeth cleaned as frequently. Dentists won't make as much money. Tooth brush sales drop because they last longer than soft and medium brushes. Removing hard tooth brushes from the shelves will boost profits for dentists and tooth brush producers. I have been looking for a hard tooth brush for two weeks now. If you find a store that carries them, please let me know.

Anonymous: Hard Toothbrush
@Lynn G (view comment)

Hello there, in my opinon it is always best to do research and invest in the best, regarding quality longevity and ease of use. Try a "Kent" hard bristle toothbrush I have used this hard bristle brush for a very long time now and have been thrilled. It will last ages given proper care and it is an absolute pleasure to use. Cheers!

Zan: Dental conspiracy
@Lynn G (view comment)

I've always thought that most dentistry is a scam. All I do is use a hard brush
3X a week, and the other nights- rinse with hydrogen peroxide, followed by a
good picking or vice versa. Once every 2 or 3 weeks.. I flush with a Waterpik
as well. I am 71 and have the best teeth and gums. I haven't seen a dentist
in 4 years and sure don't miss him! Most dentists are in the business for the
money, just like lawyers, etc.

Dr. D.C. Reeves: not for everyone

A hard toothbrush might be what you need now, but for some people, all they need is a soft-medium bristle brush. It would be beneficial if you know how to properly brush your teeth; otherwise, it might cause damage to your gums. Also don't forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months and get to visit your dentist regularly.

Dr. Roger Portland: It's possible that you have

It's possible that you have tougher gums so it doesn't hurt you much. However in the long run, the damage might pile up resulting to worse gum problems. Also, not all people have the same gums as yours. Some have sensitive so they need softer brushes. It wouldn't hurt to visit your dentist once in a while.

Anonymous: majority vs minority
@Dr. Roger Portland (view comment)

And again another "Dr" to tell me how to run my life. I was married to a dentist. The only reason the dental association reccommends the soft ones is to keep the "dr" fully staffed. It is a your own admission "dr" you state "some" have sensitive gums. Once again glad to live in america where "some" the minority dominates the majority. Do you really think everyone buys this CRAP or are you as fooled by your own programming that you don't recognize it even when you spew it.

Anonymous: you are so retarded it hurts
@Anonymous (view comment)

you are so retarded it hurts

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Anonymous: Hard Toothbrushes

I can't stand the new soft toothbrushes that now dominate the market. It's taken me years to finally find a toothbrush as firm as ones make 5 or 10 years ago. I often find ones marked as hard or firm but most often they really quite soft. There is one that will fill the bill. It's sold at Walmart. It comes in a twin-pack and it's made by "Reach". It's labeled as "Crystal Clean" Toothbrush. It also labeled as "Firm" Full Head. No doubt about it, this comes very close to the old 1990's style "Firm" toothbrushes.

francis: FIRM Toothbrush
@Anonymous (view comment)

Yes we've been using those Crystal Clean firm brushes,
Now I suppose we will be forced to ORDER firm brushes
from overseas or else LOSE OUR TEETH.

Anonymous: Well as of 11/10/10 Walmrt
@Anonymous (view comment)

Well as of 11/10/10 Walmrt does nopt sell REACH toothbrushes. You can get them at Dollar General.

Anonymous: Hard toothburshes

When I was in elementery school during the 1940's, teachers advised everyone to use a hard bristled brush that was strong enough to go between the teeth as well as under the gums. We were told it might get some blood going at first, but that the gums would toughen up in time. Now, it's soft, soft, soft,...and I love soft in some cases. But, in some other cases, only HARD will do, and tooth brushes are one of those cases. I'm typically for new and improved, but this is one time I must be old fashioned. Of course dental offices are for soft bristles. Anything to support the buildup of plaque is money in their pockets. I'm all for everyone making a living, and I'm willing to help out but not at the expense of a raunchy breathe or fuzzy teeth.
Eddie from Louisiana

peter : hard bristle

I get my hard bristles from Europe.

Springfield_rifles: A Skeptics Take

For years, I would get plaque build up on my lower incisor teeth that would cause my gums to bleed. I used a soft toothbrush, floss, gum stimulator and other gadgets to try to keep it clean. I had an old hard toothbrush at work that I used occassionally and always felt like my teeth were cleaner. Recently, I changed to a hard toothbrush (found on the bottom shelf at Walmart). Within two weeks all the plaque was gone and there is no more bleeding from any place in my gums. The gum checks (where they count out 1, 2, 3 etc to describe the health of the gums) all came in 1 or 2. The only thing I changed was my toothbrush.

My skeptical nature says that it is a revenue issue with the companies that sell dental products. If a toothbrush kept your teeth clean, why would you buy electric toothbrushes, gum stimulators, water picks and all the other expensive hardware?

The Mohs scale suggests that a brush can't wear away enamel unless there is an underlying problem with the tooth. (Wouldn't a steel dental pick be worse on enamel than a hard toothbrush bristle?) And stimulating gums with another instruments seems redundant with a better brush.

I would never go back to a soft brush.

Anonymous: hard toothbrushes

For ten years I have not had any cavities/ I too get compliments from my hygenist and dentist that my gums are strong! Well, its because I use a firm brush.
they are hard to find. Walmart has dropped them from their sales. BUT you can find them at Dollar General. The REACH brand. Never use soft or medium again.

ProudPrimate: Simplistic thinking

I am 63 and have all my teeth but one (a result of an accident). I always get compliments from my hygenist and downcast sighs from my dentist because I need so little repair work.

When I was younger, I did do damage my teeth, wearing a groove along the gumline. It wasn't fatal to those teeth, though. They're still on the job, groove and all.

When I learned to brush properly (perpendicular to the gumline, and away), the hard brush was no longer dangerous. Ever see a dog scratch his ear with his hind foot? Very carefully.

Plus, as others say above, soft brushes don't get the teeth really clean.

It seems that bureaucracies, in medicine, government, and business, always have to defer to the most inept and unthinking patients, citizens, and employees. "Oh, no, you can't use that knife — take this clumsy, useless one."

perfect smile: toothbrush

Yes, the "corporations" are making us buy soft toothbrushes so "they" can make more money.
It's a conspiracy. They are all out to get us. We need Jason Bourne to save us.

Paaleease !!!!!

Ashley: If anything, it's a
@perfect smile (view comment)

If anything, it's a conspiracy that they make hard and medium brushes. Over the years, it has been proven over and over again by numerous studies that soft toothbrushes are the way to go. They simply sell them because they know they're are uneducated & ignorant people in this world that will actually buy them. So why stop making them when they make money off of them? Maybe if everyone on this website did their research or picked up a book or two, they might would get that...

francis: hard toothbrushes

Go ahead and laugh about conspiracies but there are
thousands of us who KNOW soft bristle toothbrushes
contribute to more plaque buildup and add to tooth
decay and loss.
For the last 10-15 years we have had no problem
in buying hard bristle toothbrushes off the shelf.
Well it is FACT that we are being SPRAYED with
chemicals from planes almost daily. This is NOT
conspiracy but FACT. The "chemtrails" contain
aluminum oxide and barium sulfate, both VERY
dangerous to human health.
There is an orchestrated PLAN, outlined in documents
written by elites and printed on the "Georgia Guide-
stones" that declare they are working to LIMIT the
world population to 500 million, to "save the planet".
This means that OVER 6 BILLION SOULS will have to be
eliminated by war, disease, abortion, genocide, etc.
RESEARCH IT BEFORE YOU LAUGH! Start by checking out and
they DENY them to the public.
Just as they are working to ELIMINATE healthy herbs
and vitamins people may use to stay healthy and ward
off disease. There are organizations actively involved
REASON for the lack of proper toothbrushes. Its just
as easy to manufacture and sell HARD brushes as it is

Asagao: Hard brushes

Yeah, I agree. I think this is some marketing crap so our teeth get worse and send us running to the dentist. I've used a hard bristle my whole life and it wasn't like I brushed every single day, not gonna lie. Not trying to brag, but I have yet to have a single dental issue. Now that it's time to replace my old faithful, I can't even find the Reach hard brushes. There are literally no hard bristle brushes anywhere that I've been. I went everywhere near me(4 pharmacies, 2 Wal-marts and a Target) and have yet to find a singly hard bristled brush. I keep reading these articles about how hard brushes are horrid for your teeth, well, I'm living proof that they're fantastic for your teeth. All of -and I mean every single one- of my associates, coworkers, and friends has had dental trouble somehow and yet, here I stand. The difference? I use hard bristle. I want ma freakin' brush back! ~shakes fist angrily at marketing dogs~

TheWaywardTooth: You are thinking too much into it

It is not a conspiracy, not even close. Hard bristle brushes cause gingival damage, recession, abrasion, abfraction, and thus induce tooth sensitivity. The point is not to "SCRUB" your teeth. You need to remove all the plaque, but if you brush efficiently and correctly, you don't have to use a hard brush. The soft bristle brush is much more effective. What matters is the correct angulations ( 45 degrees toward the gingival margin) and using small light vibrating circles. It is important the the bristles are soft so they can gently go under the gingival margin to remove plaque in the sulcus ( the gingival pocket around each tooth). The companies only continue to sell medium and hard brushes because they profit off the 'conspiracy' that you all create. It is my duty to care for and educate my patients and make sure they improve their health. NEVER under any circumstance would I wish to profit off my patients' poor health! I want to help them!
Don't be afraid of change. Research has indicated it is better for you for YOUR benefit! Do not reason with something you have not studied or researched.

I recommend you talk to your hygienist. We specialize in oral hygiene instructions and information for our patients.

- An offended Hygienist

Trevor: Firm Bristles
@TheWaywardTooth (view comment)

Oh yeah? If hard-bristle brushes are so bad for your teeth, then why do dentists and hygienists use a HARD METAL SCRAPER to remove plaque? Huh? Surely that's worse than a firm nylon bristle. And if you use a firm-bristle brush, then you don't HAVE to get your teeth scraped. I'm sorry, Tooth, but this is a no-brainer.

The ADA is conspiring to get more money out its unwary patients. They want you to think that if you don't do it THEIR WAY, you'll lose all your teeth. But THEIR WAY involves semi-annual trips to the dentist at outrageous costs (most health insurance plans don't cover dental), filling cavities that wouldn't be there if you used a firm-bristle toothbrush, and scraping to remove all the plaque that you could have removed yourself if you had a hard-bristle toothbrush.

I understand that SOME PEOPLE don't have enough sense to brush their teeth in a way that doesn't damage their gums. But why should all of us who DO have enough sense be stuck with soft- or medium-bristle toothbrushes? SOME PEOPLE don't know how to operate a motor vehicle without wrecking it. Do we BAN motor vehicles? Hell no! SOME PEOPLE can't operate a power saw without cutting their hand off. Do we BAN power saws? Hell no!

And so what if I damage my gums or my enamel? Big deal. So I have to get false teeth. If I have to use to soft-bristle brush, I'll have to get false teeth ANYWAY, because they'll all rot out from cavities. And it will cost me a lot more money along the way.

YEAHNOTSOMUCH: "Oh yeah? If hard-bristle
@Trevor (view comment)

"Oh yeah? If hard-bristle brushes are so bad for your teeth, then why do dentists and hygienists use a HARD METAL SCRAPER to remove plaque? Huh? Surely that's worse than a firm nylon bristle. And if you use a firm-bristle brush, then you don't HAVE to get your teeth scraped. I'm sorry, Tooth, but this is a no-brainer."

Wrong! They use scalers to remove tarter/calculus which is plaque that has been there so long that it has calcified into a hard deposit. Tarter cannot be removed with a toothbrush. If your hard bush theory was correct and it cleaned your teeth perfectly then you wouldn't need scaling, but guess what?......

Ashley: You and the author of this
@Trevor (view comment)

You and the author of this article are obviously very uneducated about the subject. So...let me enlighten you..

As a Registered Dental Hygienist & a Certified Dental Assistant, I have many years of dental education & experience under my belt. Let me first start off by informing you on the proper brushing method. The toothbrush should be angled at the gum line at a 45 degree angle. Very light pressured strokes should be used in either a circular motion or a vibrating motion, and then rolling the toothbrush down towards the biting surface of the tooth. So when you brush, the toothbrush should come in contact with the gums to adequately remove all the plaque at the gum line. It must be done with light pressure to not eat away at the gums. "Scrubbing" is NOT at all the way to brush. If you scrub, whether you use extra soft or hard, it's going to damage your gums. Scrubbing + a hard toothbrush will damage them even more. No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, you are still going to get tartar build-up. Even people with the best oral hygiene get build-up, and therefore still need regular dental cleanings. Using a hard brush doesn't mean you don't have to get your teeth "scraped." And actually, my patients that I have to put on 3 or 4 month recalls, versus the traditional 6 months, due to more dental problems, most of them are using either medium or hard brushes.

The fact that you compared toothbrushes to the "hard metal scrapers" that are used to clean teeth shows how uneducated you really are. The two are very different and used for completely tasks, so it's like comparing apples and oranges. Toothbrushes are used to brush away plaque, a soft sticky substance that is constantly being formed on your teeth. So, since it is a SOFT substance, it only makes sense that it only takes a soft brush to remove it. When the plaque is not adequately removed, it hardens and calcifies to become calculus/tartar, which is what you come to the dentist to get cleaned off. You try removing calculus with something that's soft & see how successful it is. Those "hard metal scrapers," which are referred to as scalers, are used in a completely different manner than a toothbrush that does NOT harm the gums or enamel. They are not used to scrape at the enamel or gums, like a hard toothbrush. They are used to get under hard calculus deposits to remove them.

There have been many, many studies done over the years that show that plaque can be adequately removed using a SOFT toothbrush, so I don't see how this is some kind of conspiracy. Maybe you should have done some research. Using a soft toothbrush will NOT, in any way shape or form, cause one to have to go to the dentist more. Dental decay and other dental problems can be a result of several different factors - poor oral hygiene, heredity, poor/sugary diet. But it is not at all caused by soft toothbrushes. One can have dental problems no matter what kind of toothbrush they use, everyone's mouth and oral flora is very different. But using a hard bristle toothbrush puts you at an even higher risk for these problems. Of course, someone can use a hard bristle toothbrush their whole like and never have major dental problems, but it's more likely to happen when using a soft brush. However, it's very unlikely for one to use a hard brush all their life & not have any issues. Maybe not decay, but definitely gingival recession or even perio pockets.

Gums are a very delicate tissue & should be treated as such. Of course, you are brushing away plaque when using a hard toothbrush, but you are also brushing away your gums, and eventually your enamel. I see sooo many patients daily that use hard and medium toothbrushes & ALL of them have recession, which will eventually lead to periodontal disease & bone loss if the habit is continued. A good majority of those patients also have enamel abfractions from their toothbrushes & increased sensitivity! So my point - while all these things can still happen from brushing hard with a soft brush, using a hard toothbrush put even the most gentle of brushers at higher risk for all these problems.

oh and by the way, I have used an extra soft toothbrush my entire life, along with every other member of my family & we none have false teeth. With the 4 members of me immediate family, there are only 3 cavities all together. so your theory ... wrong

Ashley, CDA, RDH

anon: i congratulate you on behalf
@Ashley (view comment)

i congratulate you on behalf of roasting the entire comment section as well as the OP with this sooolid explanation.

Victoria: Yeah, right, drink some more
@TheWaywardTooth (view comment)

Yeah, right, drink some more of the Soft brush kool-aid. I gave it try after the last reproach from my dental hygienist, who is always amazed at my lack of cavities and no dental problems caused by brushing more then 3-4 times a day with a Medium brush. So when I gave the Soft brush a try, the Soft bristles sagged and therefore could not remove food particles which allowed a film to build up on my teeth in about a week of using the Soft brush. I returned to using a Medium brush and the Medium brush removed the film from my teeth. Sorry dentist and staff no Hawaii paid for by me this year.

never had a cavity: hard toothbrushes

I am 48+ years old, never had a cavity, until my dentist suggested using a soft brush with a ultra-sonic soft brush, within the year, a tiny pin mark of a cavity. I went back to hard brushes. And I use with proper "angulation". My teeth are not sensitive, my gums are fine, the only bristles that can clean into the crevices of my teeth are the hard bristles.

The soft bristle theories are one-dimensional.
Oh, yea, I am a research Ph.D.

Kenny Reede: hard toothbrush and gum disease

Everyone talks about "brushing your teeth". They should talk about "brushing your gums".

I am 71, have all my teeth, and they are tight in the gums. I have only about 2 - 3 mm of gum tissue holding them in but won't have to worry about it too much longer.

I had my first gingival recession at 20 years of age. The dentist asked me how often I brushed and said, "Maybe you are brushing too much" when I replied, "Twice a day". I believed the are soul. After all, he is the great dentist and knows what he is talking about.

At age 30 - 35 I went on a 5 day camping trip in Mexico. Didn't brush a single time in the 5 days. Putting the brush to my gums resulted in a mouthful of blood. I telephoned the dental association and asked if there were dentists who specialize in gums. They gave me the name of several.

The gum specialist measured the depth of the pockets around my teeth for the first time in my life. He did a "radical gingivectomy" and left me with the 2 - 3 mm of gum now holding my teeth in. He took a chainsaw to my gums. There is a concave ring around all my teeth in what used to be below the gum line where the root rotted away below the gum line.

I had my wisdom teeth removed in Mexico City at age 36. The Mexican dentist gave me a lecture on how to brush my teeth. First rule, you don't need toothpaste.

I have had the dental picks to scrape my teeth for 20 or 30 years now. Do it myself. I have two. One with a needle point to get between the teeth and one with a flat chisel edge to scrape the surface. The picks are beside my desktop and I use them while reading something on the screen or other idle time. It takes about a week for plaque to build up on the teeth to the point it needs to be scraped off. (No toothpaste, remember?) That means that from one week after your are soul dentist cleans your teeth until the next time you go in for a f-ing, plaque is cutting and slicing away at your gums. Of course that is good because your are soul dentist would not have an income if you had good oral hygiene.

A year or two ago I got a severe pain in my molar. No choice. (Or so I thought.) Went to an are soul dentist. He demanded I relinquish my privacy rights before he would treat me. Went to another. She gave me a quotation for extracting the molar and cleaning my teeth. Neighborhood of $1000. This motivated closer attention to my problem. First, I knew my teeth did not need cleaning because I do it myself. (Yes, I give close attention to every square micron. Or so I thought.) Turns out I had been neglecting the space behind the one molar and the gum was simply swollen. The are soul wanted to extract my molar for a swollen gum.

I thought, "I need to be more vigorous in brushing my teeth!" I graduated to hard toothbrushes. It wasn't easy. It took about three months to get the gums hard enough to use a hard brush with the same comfort I use the soft and medium brushes I have. What do you know? Now hard toothbrushes are impossible to find.

I have about 30 toothbrushes. I have a system of keeping them 6 -7 in a small glass and transfer them to another glass in order to rotate them. If you have only one toothbrush, it goes bad so slowly that it is difficult to detect the time to replace it. Not so if you have several of different ages. You detect an old brush instantly when you compare it to the fresh ones bought every 3 - 6 months. Allowing them to dry out between uses prolongs their life also.

I keep a box of baking soda for use about once each week. That is where the soft brushes come in. I cannot tolerate a medium or hard brush with abrasive dental powder. This is one reason the are soul dentists say you cannot use a hard brush. The other, main reason is that if you use a hard brush, your gums will be tight and hard and you will not need a dentist.

To the dentists and orall hygenists who have written in to this forum. FY FY FY FY FY. It will be a pleasure to go to hell just to watch you there roasting in the deepest pit.

Now that I finally have learned to use a hard brush after 70 years of misery caused by listening to are soul dentists, I cannot buy them easily. They started disappearing about 6 months ago.

It is not comforting to have despotic do-gooders, oral "hygenists", and dentists motivated by avarice telling me what kind of toothbrush I can buy.

Hey, "Oral Hygenist", who did the "research". I have done more research than you ever will and know the methods used in medical research and meta studies. For example all the blather about heart disease and plaque in the heart is based on one study. One. One only. The Framingham Study. That was done many years ago using sloppy techniques. People in the medical trade have a bad attitude.

Ashley: If you did so much research,
@Kenny Reede (view comment)

If you did so much research, then why did you say that it takes a week for plaque to form on your teeth? It actually starts to form IMMEDIATELY after brushing .... yea, you did a lot of research.

Ashley, RDH

Teacher: Correct me if I'm wrong, but

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't scar tissue stronger than the tissue it replaces? So if firm brushing scars the gums and they cosmetically still look fine, are they then stronger than before?

Anonymous: Soft brushes are a con that even dentists believe.

Hard is better! My gums have never been better since ive been using a hard brush (after using and believing the soft brush crap for years. I had badly receding gums from plague n calculus but after a few weeks of using hard brush I noticed a difference and now my gums have returned! And they dont bleed anymore. No, they dont bleed anymore... now that im using a hard brush. Nothing else has changed. I floss sometimes -as before- and i dont brush twice a day or even 7 days a week -the only change is the brush.

I have thought the same thing (about why is dental industry pushing soft brushes?) My thoughts were also = to make more money, yes.. its the modern mantra. No matter what the cost is: people's/animal's/planet's health or life... make more money no matter what u gotta do. Regular Pharma does it shamelessly.. and the dental industry is just an appendage.. so why would it be immune?

This is just another symptom of a greater disease.
-Greed. Im SO over this greed. This buy-more-new-stuff crap. It is now alot worse than the 80s ever was. It has to stop. We must stop planned obsolescence. Products must be made to last ...or be upgradable. If we dont stop this we will kill ourselves.
It is that simple and it is that serious.

Offended Hygienist- you are perpetuating a myth. Just try it for a few weeks (if you can even find a hard brush) and brush properly as normal - vertically from gumline. You will see the difference. Notice how there are always new kinds of toothbrushes out. They dont evolve - they just change... but they are always soft.

Richard: No Firm Brushes

Did you notice that Dentists now want you to come in every Six months for cleaning instad of one year. Thats because the brushes are softer . If You look back about 15-20 years I think you will see an infulance by the Dental Association or Lobyest. The propane Lobyest Did the same thing about 3 years ago they made the propane valves illeal and rendered all the tanks usless scrap. The companys stock took off. Everythings a gimic anymore.

Anonymous: Hard is the way to go.

I've always used hard toothbrushes as I felt the others didn't do anything except spread apart. I would sometimes only brush every 3 days. Then when I couldn't find hard for a while, I used the others. Before I knew it, I had 2 small cavities, my first, at the age of 22. I went to the dentist (had not been for about 10 years)and they were surprised what good shape my teeth were in and couldn't believe it had been that long since I saw the dentist. They fixed the cavities, and shortly after I found the Reach hard bristle brushes at Wal-Mart. I have not had any issues since. I get positive comments on my teeth all of the time and I still only brush about every other day.

My girlfriend tries to tell me hard brushes are bad because of blah blah blah. She uses one of those electric ones at least twice a day. Guess how many cavities she had within 6 months of seeing the dentist last? 7!

The dentists and my girlfriend can take their own advice and suffer because of it, I will keep using my firm brushes.

CACMAN83: Off the mark

I just think every ones off the mark on this, its not a dental conspiracy it's just a marketing conspiracy, its simple a hard tip brush last up to three times longer then the alternatives yet the cost is the same so by eliminating hard tip tooth brushes they stand to triple their income plus if you look at most electric tooth brushes you fined that the tip is med to hard (no dick jokes please) this is clearly an attempt to make us spend more for something a lot of us don't feel we need and it is very true that corporations have people on staff ho's soul job is to find new and exciting ways to squeeze money out of the working poor, that's me by the way, Jesus just look at my spelling i don't stand a chance against these @#[email protected]**.

Anonymous: this convinced me to buy a

this convinced me to buy a firm toothrush. has 2 for 1.49 of the reach ones that everyone is talking about here, so imma buy a bunch of them

AMB: Hard Toothbrushes

Personally, I use a hard toothbrush. But dentists now recommend only soft. This is why hard toothbrushes are increasingly more difficult to find--the ADA now recommends only soft. The reason stated is that only soft bristles are flexible enough to get into all the crevices and crannies of the teeth to clean them efficiently. They also claim that hard bristles can injure the gums. That's the "official" word on the matter, anyway.

Anonymous: Hard bristle tooth brushes

I've used hard bristle toothbrushes for years and prefer them to get my teeth the cleanest. Even my dental hygienist said I'm one of those people who needs cleaning 3 times a year as I tend to get a lot of plaque build up. My dentist also recommends his patients use soft bristle toothbrushes. I think it's a conspiracy, if we use soft bristle toothbrushes, patients such as myself, are not going to be getting as much plaque removed as with a hard bristle--therefore 3 cleanings a year at $95.00 per cleaning (w/o insurance) so who's gaining here?

Nathan Woodbury: Dental website marketing

If you want hard brushes go ahead use them, that is your right, but don't get mad if you can't buy them in the market.



mary: to offended hygienist........

to offended hygienist........ all that bull shit coming from the same people who put poisonous fillings. mercury is highly toxic but go ahead after all, we're totally looking out for the patient. - deceived patient

Saskia: Go Figueroa

Hard brushes rule!

I'm loving this blog, finally something worthwhile - they need to bring back hard brushes all around the world, not just the USA! We should unite under the umbrella of the "Firm Toothbrushes International" and lobby the multinationals. Haha or I'll just order a new hard brush online...

KElsie: Go Hard or Go Home!

I am pissed I cant find any hard tooth brushes at the store! The have soft medium medium full , like who cares they do not get the plaque off the teeth! I might have to look online for them but for now I had to spend 8$ on a electric tooth brush. "They" who ever are doing this on purpose and I am pissed.

Not a robot: They don't have hard

They don't have hard toothbrushes because it is the same thing
That dentists use to clean your teeth and was putting
Them out of buisness

Tom: This is a passionate topic. I

This is a passionate topic. I have used firm or hard toothbrushes for as long as I can remember. They have become hard to find in the last 5 years or so, so when I'm looking and find them I buy in bulk. I think the real reason they are disappearing could either be the manufacturers or dentists. Dentists claim the hard toothbrushes remove the enam off your teeth and damage your gums. As far as I go that's bull shit. My teeth are fine. I don't floss buss get an awesome clean from my toothbrush . Gums might bleed if your new to a hard brush and get carried away, if you use regularly your gums strengthen, like hands with physical labour, and it's good for you. No gingervitus ect. As far as the manufacturers go. A hard tooth brush last ak least twice as long.

That's my two cents. Cheers

Gerry: " if you use regularly your

" if you use regularly your gums strengthen, like hands with physical labour, and it's good for you."

That's right, Tom. Me, I eat a big bag of broken glass every day. Those little pieces really cut my mouth somethin' fierce when I started (and let's not even TALK about toilet time hahaha!). But let me tell you, now I'm used to it, and I can eat anything I want and I don't get heartburn, gingervitus ect. Bring on the vindaloo!

Just my two cents.

Ladan Zinati: Right Toothbrush

Obviously, you are not a certified dentist Mr. Figueroa based on your thoughts expressed in this article, am I right? Anyway, I don't know what exactly inspired you to publish this article in connection with oral hygiene. But you might have some good points when using a hard tooth brush. It can heavily wipe out the plaque that accumulates on your teeth during the day but it is not advisable to use because it can damage the gums. Dentist do not recommend this because it's a conspiracy so that they can have more patients and more teeth to drill on. This is recommended because plaque material is soft and it can be easily removed with a soft bristled toothbrush and avoid damaging your gums at the same time. If the dentists didn't "actually" believe in this, they wouldn't use soft bristled toothbrush themselves.

Kim: Wondered where the hard brushes went - long-time user

Well, I confess. I never went to the dentist when I was young. My parents were working poor, no dental, and just didn't take us. I've always, always used hard brushes and never had a cavity in my life. My gums are fine.

Went into the military and they demanded a thorough cleaning at the dentist. When I got there, the dentist and the assistant MARVELED over the condition of my nice, straight, clean teeth. I was not anti-dentist then, but I am now. They cleaned my teeth thoroughly. And within a year, I had a cavity. Yes, for the first time in my life, after the dentist scraped all the protection off my teeth, I got a cavity. I was shocked.

I managed to avoid the dentist after that and went back to my hard brushes and no cleaning from the dentists, using just what God gave me to protect my teeth, and I haven't had a cavity since.

Explain that one!

Now I have to buy my toothbrushes through the Internet because the stores don't carry them any more.

My husband believes in soft toothbrushes and what the dentist tells him. He's had soooo many cavities, it isn't funny. And he's very thorough at cleaning his teeth. Poor guy....

I've tried soft brushes for a while, mainly because that was all I could get until I found hard ones online. Well, I'd brush, and still felt a gritty, sticky crud on my teeth. I'd spend 5 mins brushing and still they felt grimy. They don't get your teeth clean, don't care what anyone says. And no, I didn't push too hard, etc. I've used electric toothbrushes with the same results. I hated the electric ones.

Let me tell you something else I got from the dentist--the usual "you've got to floss regularly" lecture. I faithfully went out and bought floss.....used it every time I brushed.

A friend of mine and I got to discussing this flossing thing, because we both noticed the same thing:
She never flossed, either, when she was younger. Her teeth were nice and tight together. Mine was, too. We flossed because we were told to floss, and now there is a miniscule gap between our teeth where food gets caught!!!!! Never had that problem until I started flossing every day.

Thanks Dentists, for messing up my teeth. Now I have to floss to get the crap out of the caverns you've created in my teeth....


Alicia: Hard Tooth Brush

On and some chemistdirect website from the UK have Wisdom Addis extra hard smokers toothbrushes. The amazon reviews are good. I think this is what everyone is looking for. My boyfriend likes a nice hard toothbrush, but we can't find them. Only Firm, which isn't hard enough for him, he wants wire brush strength I think! lol

Victoria: Brushes of Medium Hardness or Hard Brushes Work Best

Soft & Medium are two different types of brushes as is Hard different from soft & medium. I don't know if I've ever used a Hard brush, but I know I've always preferred a Medium brush over a Soft. Yet when I go to the dentist and get the "use a Soft toothbrush" lecture, I am reproached by either a long sad, stern faced hygienist or dentist. So last fall when I couldn't find a Medium hardness brush, I tried a soft brush for not quite 2 weeks. I brush my teeth at least 3-4 times a day and I started to notice after about a week of using this Soft brush there was a film of food on my teeth that the soft brush just would remove. I tried and tried, thinking maybe I'm not brushing long enough, no the film stayed. So finally I went out shopping and found a Medium brush and it removed the film. I too think that it is to the benefit of dentists and their hygienists, if a soft brush is used because the eventually occurring cavities bring them more business and the foolish companies go along with it. Of course there maybe some folks who benefit from a soft brush, yet I would bet most people would benefit from using either Medium or Hard toothbrush. There are probably many folks who have all kinds of dental problems which are caused by their soft bristle toothbrushes because they don't remove the food particles from the teeth, but instead allow a film of food to build up on the teeth.

Dr. Nelson D.O.: agreed

Love this thread! Totally agree that firm is the best! Also agree that the only brand I can find that's good enough are the Reach pictured above! If you have sensitive gums buy softer brands! Suspicious about the conspiracy theory as well. This theory has independently crossed my mind as well as I cannot conjure up any other justification for the lack of selection.

Whatever: Some of you ppl don't know

Some of you ppl don't know anything… Some people have sensitive gums that can be completely destroyed by improperly using hard bristle toothbrushes. So if some of you brilliant know-it-alls end up with major gum recession later on, you can't say you weren't warned.

jerry : amazing that the number one

amazing that the number one cause of liver failure is the overuse of tylenol yet it is available at every grocery store, quick stop, drug store, gas station, 7-11 etc. yet you can't
find an old fashioned hard toothbrush in the usa since it might bother some peoples gums.

Anonymous: My thoughts exactly, I am

My thoughts exactly, I am actually so passionate about this, all my friends think I'm nuts haha. Hard work better and so I believe the dentists want them off the market. I used hard toothbrushes all my life and never had a speck of plaque, using medium in the last few months, I already have a TONNE off plaque buildup that I can't get rid of! …unless I see Mr Dentist of course. Also I never *had* to replace my toothbrush for like 9 months, now it seems they only last 2-3 months ("recommended time")… definitely could have been taken off the market due to Dentists and manufacturers alike. Anyone recommend a good place to buy from?

Riya: Informative post

this post is very interesting and will be useful for us.thanks

Jessica: Study says:

Hard-filament toothbrushes remove more plaque than soft filament brushes, but also cause a higher number of gingival abrasions.

simon: hard toothbrushes 'conspiracy'

everything that's been written in the article is completely true and exactly what i think about hard toothbrushes from being a better clean to it being a conspiracy.

John Chamberlain: Hard toothbrush, please!

I've had to buy the soft bristled brushes. It's like I'm brushing my teeth with one of those poofy makeup brushes for a girl's face.

People believe what they are told. Take the electric car, for example. "Zero emissions!" they exclaim. Really? Where do you think the electricity comes from, you morons? Coal burning power plants, most likely. It's the dirtiest form of energy there is!

As a young child I had a bed wetting problem. The doctor's diagnosis was that my urethra was too small at the tip of my penis. My parents believed it, and I had surgery. The "good doctor" got paid handsomely for a nice easy slice, and I got the anxiety that anyone touching my penis was going to hurt me, which did wonders for my sex life as an adult. This is America... money rules, and medicine is a business.

Screw you and your wimpy soft toothbrushes!

Anonymous: Anybody who says that soft

Anybody who says that soft brushes are a conspiracy is straight up crazy and stupid. Everybody's gums are different. If hard brushes work for you, cool. But for others they hurt and damage your teeth and gums. To say soft brushes are a conspiracy is flat out wrong and weird. Get a grip, your a joke.

Sandra: You still can buy the REACH Crystal Clean toothbrushes

I just recently — a few weeks ago even — bought a pair of this toothbrush and it's seriously the best toothbrush I've had in a long time. Really feels like my teeth got a thorough cleaning, and the bristles of the brush sit well against the teeth as I'm brushing. Gonna go back to the store to stock up on a few more. I think I bought mine at Walmart, but I see Amazon sells them as well.

Radhika Wadhwa: Dentists proposes the usage of soft-bristled brushes

Most Dentists proposes the usage of soft-bristled brushes in right around 90 percent of the populace. These swarms are ordinarily sorted out in changing statures to decrease weight on the gum and build weight on the tooth surface to clean away plaque and food debris. In this manner, the prerequisite for more grounded swarms is dull and the unmistakable flourish lengths do the job well.

Yogi: hard toothbrush is the way to go, hear from a neurosurgeon

Hello people, I am happy to see that there are people who don't accept everything they are spoon fed. I am a neurosurgeon by trade. I know how medical studies are done and how recommendations are made.

Brushing teeth is not rocket science or brain surgery. Even complete idiots when handed a tooth brush very quickly learn how much pressure to apply when brushing teeth or gums. Heck, even gorillas and chimpanzees have been trained to brush their teeth. You will find plenty of videos of the same.

I grew up in a third-world country. The standard of manufacturing in a third world country is "Durability". Homes are built with brick and mortar and last centuries - unlike in USA where they are built with wood, sticks and gypsum board. When I was growing up, I used to watch american movies where people would punch through walls and used to think " they must really be strong or superhuman to do this". Little did I know a thing called gypsum board. When hurricane rita hit, All of homes on Galveston Island were destroyed. For the very same reason tornado shelters are built out of steel or concrete. In a developing country, I was used to making a product last - by fixing it and replacing parts, as opposed to throwing the whole thing out and buying a new one. This included simple things like - Pens, where I replaced refills routinely and a single pen lasted me years; Iron boxes where I replaced heating coils so that the family iron box lasted a generation.

But then I came to USA. When I came to USA, I was shell shocked to find out about "use and throw", "consumerism", and "No parts, so get a new one" concepts.

We talk about GDP growths, annual increase in company returns, etc. When we think about it, we will realize that there is no constant grown for any company or government, unless they have a consumerist economy where people are forced to buy things repeatedly.

One of my biggest peeves about american market place is that "every product sold had a finite life span and needed to periodically replaced". Even plastic brooms and mops are made of parts that break after a few months, so you need to buy new ones. We have plastic polymer products that are harder than alluminium or steel, yet the industry does not want use it in their products because they need "product churning", where people buy the same products constantly.

Dentists refused to enroll in medicare in 1960s so that they would preserve their rights to advertise, market, grow business and charge patients what they feel is appropriate outside of government regulations - unlike MDs.

While not all dentists are bad, there are plenty. I speak as a neurosurgeon and have had quite a few bad recommendations for radical jaw surgeries, removal of all teeth etc for many of my family members. I have taken second third and fourth opinions and done my research on each opinion.

Getting back to toothbrushes - yes, it is an outcome where brush manufacturing industry wants to push constant new products. I have used EXTRA HARD toothbrushes by REACH, I loved them - I would be done in 2 minutes and have very clean teeth. Then they disappeared from Market. Then I switched to HARD type - then they too, disappeared. I have HATED the silly soft toothbrushes that are peddled by the industry on us - we in my house now end up replacing these almost every two months - because we end up pressing too hard and the bristles develop a permanent bend.

I absolutely despise the fact that the dental industry takes people to be idiots who cant brush without damaging their gums. In this day and age where everybody learns to drive vehicles, and learns to operate computers, brushing teeth is not at the top of the list of hardest tasks to do.

I will continue to use hard brushes, very CAREFULLY (I put this qualifier in hear to appease the dental gods).


Yeah, these are getting harder to find but when I do, I buy a lot of them. I just saw on eBay a 10 pack of them for sale.

I've used a hard toothbrush for 40 years now. The minute I switched over to them, I quit having cavities. I brush my teeth once a day in the morning.


Lauren Norkin: Thank you for this blog! I am not alone!

I have great teeth. Never had a cavity as a child. Started using soft tooth brushes like I was supposed to. Felt grimy and filmy. Started getting cavities every time I went in (admittedly, I was NOT brushing as often as I should). Spent a lot of money on the special electric toothbrushes (hated them). I tried baking soda tooth paste and pure baking soda. That helped but was not squeaky clean. In desperation, I started using a bath glove across my teeth to get . That worked great on my teeth (squeaky clean), but not for my gums so I was also brushing. I asked my dentist if the bath glove would hurt my teeth. She said, there is no bone stronger than your teeth and its enamel. So, got me to thinking. WHY CAN'T I USE A HARD TOOTHBRUSH??? and brush ever so carefully around my alleged fragile gums. Well, I brushed careful. Then I stopped bothering and went and had at it. My teeth and gums feel great, even if I miss a whole day or too! here's the last dentist said I had about 10 cavities to handle. Funny....just went to a new dentist last week. She said my teeth and gums look GREAT, and I have only 1 cavity (and this from a hard tooth brush and having at it on my gums). She also hypothesized that the reason my gums were ok is because I have tough gums (really? am I the only one??). Confirmed that dentists (except maybe this one) are flim flam artists. Even this one is smoking the funny weed to come to the absolute conclusion that I--and few others--have tough gums, LOL! Thank you all for responding to this post. I am so happy to know that I am not alone! Now....what other capitalist Madison Avenue crap can we debunk! I have lots more!

Anonymous: reach crystal clean are all

reach crystal clean are all over ebay

Landon: We are not all the same

Everyone wants to debate the crap out of this subject as well as almost everything else in existence. Quite frankly everyone feeding the "I know what I'm talking about train" as well as the "I know what is good for you" because "I perceive this practice it is good for me" is misguided. I don't care if you have a PHD. Is it good that you went that far in school, absolutely, but this does not give you absolute reign over those that did not. I myself have been in school for a very long time, but I don't think I know better than everyone else "because I read scholarly articles" in my field. Everything in life, even those attempting to be exceptional in one specialized form still have paradigms that they operate by.

What works for one person may not work for another. I know this sounds stupidly simple, but quite frankly the vast majority of people commenting here are expressing statements reflect the complete opposite. Not all generalities are worthless, sometimes it just helps us save precious time. But in this context, it is quite frankly dumb, and it is funny to me that most of the so called "uneducated" on this subject in this forum may be misguided in some ways, but ultimately are speaking more practical sense than those claiming to be professionals.

Soft, Medium, Hard.. who cares. Do what works for your particular body and composition, learn to be self-aware in real-time. Following 100% consistent pre-determined routines is self-ignornat. I have a soft, medium, and hard brush and use them accordingly. I always use natural products (read in-between the biased lines of those who research) as well as adjust to my body's response.

I realize someone will probably jump all over me and respond with some "knowledge smack" but if you met me in real life chances are the smack talk would become non-existent; as one would realize I am in exceptional shape, my skin has never been healthier, smoother, softer, yet stronger, my teeth cleaner and healthier (professional trained dentists are baffled), my diet so diciplined unhealthy food does not even taste good anymore. So what is the answer? Stop looking for someone to give you the perfect answer!!! The current education system is teaching people what to think, not how to think. Dwell on this for a little bit and stop telling other people what to do, yes I am talking to you hygienists, but I am also talking to everyone else as well because they are most likely the exact same way just in another domain of their life.

Richie M: hard-toothbrush-way-go

Most of the comments on this site expresses exactly what I've been thinking to myself for years now. My last 2 dentist over the past 16 years always told me to use a soft toothbrush, but using soft never did the job to get my teeth cleaned properly. I was at the supermarket last week and got a medium brush by accident. After using it there was a noticeable difference with how clean my teeth came after brushing them. It also makes sense to me that with soft the brush wears out within a few months at best, causing the consumer to buy another brush. With a strong bristle I'm thinking they will last longer, just makes sense to me. I'll never go back to a soft toothbrush again. Used to feel that I've been scammed at the expense of my health, but this blog has most confirmed it. The ADA is still using practices from the 1800's with adding mercury AKA"Quick-Silver" into the mouths of the unknowing public. That alone is a crime against humanity.

Landon: this might help

In terms of oral hygiene personally I have a soft, medium, and hard brush. I use the them all relatively gently or I like to think of it as loosely with a hint of pressure. First I use the medium all over in this manner (perpendicular circular motions, gums, teeth, and tongue for 20 seconds). Then I quickly floss between each tooth and rinse with water. Next I use the hard brush, same motions and loose/relaxed with slight pressure trying to focus solely on my teeth for 20 seconds and give my tongue a rougher scrub. then a quick quick floss, water rinse and spit. Next I use the soft brush for 20 second, same technique but I focus on my gums, water rinse (done with floss). Finally I use a mouthwash for 30 seconds. Some dentists will tell you mouthwash isn't even necessary, so why the hell when they recommend one do they recommend those ones with harsh chemicals. I use Jason Healthy Mouth Tartar Control (Cinnamon Clove) but I mix it 50% with water. Its a different philosophy, how about rather than try to burn the bad stuff out of my mouth I use something that promotes general well being to my oral hygiene for my mouth to fight off that bad crap naturally on its own. I do this routine 2x daily I know it sounds like a lot but if you do it enough it becomes second nature and in reality it only takes 2 minutes each time.

Screw the ADA approved products for toothpaste I use Jason Power smile (antiplaque and whitening). Now I don't care if a hygienist comes on and criticizes me because my teeth are white, gums strong and healthy, breath smells naturally awesome (from what I've been told) and last time I went to the dentist (I go every 6months, they told me I have one of the healthiest examples of a mouth that they ever have the pleasure of seeing.

Par: This was by far the worst

This was by far the worst 'piece' ever written on toothbrushes. Did you even take the time to research the facts before you wrote this? Not only did you not find the needed information for yourself, but you also wrote some nonsense about it for people to read.
My advice for the people reading this:
Read everything he writes and then do the opposite to get a good dental hygiene.
Hard toothbrushes have a high chance of destroying (irreversible) your gum.

Get your facts together. Shithead

Jazzy qt: i have saved one hard brush

i have saved one hard brush since 1990 when I was pregnant. I brush with it once a week and put it back. I know I will be able to continue using it 2 more years. I am planing to go check LA DOWNTOWN in those china town or Korean or Mexican stores. Hope they might have it. I sometime try rock salt with medium brush which kind of cleans and freshen up the teeth. Good luck you all . Happy hunting "THE HARD TOOTH BRUSH"

AdamAlpha: "hard" or Firm toothbrushes

Finally I found a forum discussing the disappearance of FIRM/"HARD" toothbrushes! I can't buy a firm toothbrush in Australia. I brush daily and quite often in mornings too and I have some plaque build up. The medium to soft brushes leave my teeth feeling like they have a film on them. I believe the withdrawal of the FIRM toothbrush is unjustified and more like what you expect in a nanny totalitarian state. I don't think it is the "marvellous results of new research". Could there be a link between toothbrush companies and dental associations which has caused this? Those who are ready to prematurely excuse possible conspiracies only assist in making it more credible.

John "Ratty" Arbuckle: Amazon has firm toothbrushes for sale at reasonable prices.

Do what I did, go on Amazon and buy a box of 10 or 20. Since each firm toothbrush lasts me at least a year, I figure I'm set for awhile.

You guys know there's this thing called the "internet", right? And on this internet thingie you can shop? There is no "I can't find X" anymore. It's on the internet.

Mad: Reach has change their tooth

Reach has change their tooth brushes. They now sell a new design.. still calling it firm, when it is the same as their old medium. I had old hard ones to compare... what a difference. It is about making money by the throw away soak the consumer marketers.

j: holy fuck you are dumb.

holy fuck you are dumb.

T.: Love these comments

I stumbled upon this article because I, too, decided to try a "firm" brush a couple of weeks ago when my husband and I needed new toothbrushes. Teeth were just not getting CLEAN with the soft brushes. Found Colgate in "firm" from Family Dollar. We LOVE them! We feel like we just had our teeth cleaned from the dentist. Such a big difference. Almost do not need to floss because it does such an effective job of cleaning. My gums were slightly sore at first (similar to when you floss for the first time in a while), but are now much stronger. It is an amazing difference. I've been plagued with cavities, etc. my entire life. There comes a point where you are willing to try something different! So far, so good! Bottom line -- think for yourself -- one size does not fit all -- and be willing to try something new that may be better than what the "experts" tell you! Not "buying" the soft bristles for all protocol ever again!

Pete: Firm is hard to get...

I've been using Reach brand FIRM toothbrushes these past few years. I've ordered in bulk, and my supply was running low. I've discovered that Johnson & Johnson who owned the Reach brand has licensed the right to sell Reach toothbrushes to a company named "Dr. Fresh." Dr. Fresh has moved production to China -- and the "new" Reach toothbrushes are no longer as FIRM as they used to be. So beware of what you buy.

Nidhi Dev: Soft brush is good not hard- wrong message to the public.

I am a DENTIST by profession. It is very wrong to use hard brush as it cleans the teeth well but have you thought about the gums? It does serious harm to the gums. How can you post such an article without reading the research by competent authors? In the literatures, soft brush is the one that should be used as it not only massages the gums lightly but has super elasticity and bends and goes into the crevices between the teeth to clean them effectively as opposed to hard brushes. Hard brushes should never be manufactured at all for oral use.
Read this as a starter-
And afterwards read other articles by dentist's to help you understand better.
Thank you.

Joe: @Nidhi Dev

so Colgate is not a corporation which loves peddling products that last way less than before in order to increase sales/ profits and publishing articles about fake news and studies to back their scamming agendas?

kate mccann: hard toithbrushes

When you don't understand something, go to an expert. Better to shut your mouth & let people think you're an idiot than put in a post such as this and remove all doubt. Hard toothbrushes strip the enamel off your teeth. That's why you cant buy them. Experts have stepped in to prevent noggins like you from wrecking your teeth. The great 'rip you off' conspiracy theory is rarely true. It just makes for a good story.

Kat: Im in Canada and I found some

Im in Canada and I found some firm brushes at Walmart, including the Reach ones. They have them on their website too.

I dont think its a conspiracy as much as a simple marketing ploy. When I was a teen, I was told to change my brush every 6 months. Now its every 2-3 months.
At $1-2 per toothbrush, millions of people in North America buying them twice as often. Millions of dollars easily simply by making softer brushes.

As far as dentists go, you have to find a good one. I go to a Japanese guy, hes big on health and fitness, his wife used to be a fitness competitor. He told me NOT to remove my wisdom teeth unless they bother me, whereas every other dentist wanted to yank them out.

I'm 35, never had a cavity, and growing up I always used medium/firm brushes and chewed gum after meals. Lately I have this horrible build up on my teeth from soft toothbrushes (and I get regular dental cleanings). No matter how hard I scrub it simply wont come off without a firmer brush. My soft brushes are mangled after 1 month.

Ok for some people soft is better. Sure. But why remove the option of harder brushes for healthy people like me who have regular checkups and healthy teeth?

Anonymous: This is amazong, I am getting

This is amazong, I am getting married in a couple weeks and was trying to find a way to get rid of these nasty coffee/smoking stains on my teeth and didnt want to spend hundreds and hope a dentist would be able to clean them. I bought some really firm toothbrushes off Amazon and started doing a lot of research after I seen 160 reviews praising the firm brush, then a dentist pleading with people on the review section telling people not to buy them. I have yet to see anyone other than a dentist say “this damaged my gums and ruined my teeth.” I never really believed the ADA to be completely honest, but seeing the hundreds of people who praise firm brushes have discredited the ADA completely for me. I will never listen to anything they say again and cant wait for my new toothbrushes to come in, I hope they work! Further, I went looking for firm brushes after I bought mine online because I started seeing the common claim of “conspiracy” and sure enough, I couldnt find a single firm brush, even though the stores websites’ said they were available in store (but not online... hmm.)

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Lea: Dann straight. I use Fuch's V

Dann straight. I use Fuch's V-nature and even the medium is sufficiently firm. The hard is probably the best brush in the market. Funny story, when I switched to Fuch's I stopped getting cavities. I now brush once a day with water and use a homemade mouth rinse and for four years my dentists have told me my teeth are fine. A couple have even looked angry about it, lol.

Adam: Hard brush

This was driving me crazy!! Finally I went on amazon and you can find allllll the hard and super hard tooth brushes you want!! Heaven!! Just brushed!!

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