You can’t go wrong with silicone toothbrushes

Written by Dr Amrita Jain

Medically reviewed by  Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali Kabade BDS, TCC

Last updated May 4, 2024

Written by Dr Amrita Jain

Medically reviewed by  Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali Kabade BDS, TCC

Last updated May 4, 2024

Over the period we have always known that softer bristled toothbrushes are good for your teeth as well as your gums. The concept of brushing your teeth is ideally to get rid of the plaque and bacteria that reside on the  teeth surfaces. Plaque is so soft that it can removed very easily. Hence hard toothbrushes are usually not recommended by dentists. According to studies both silicone toothbrushes and conventional toothbrushes are equally effective in removing plaque.

Why use silicone toothbrushes?

Silicone toothbrush wit h toothpaste on it

Silicone toothbrushes are soon going to make their way in everyone’s dental kits. Even if you are unaware of the right brushing technique, silicone toothbrushes cannot harm your teeth and gums. They have lot of advantages as compared to the manual nylon bristled toothbrushes.

Prevents teeth sensitivity

With silicone toothbrushes, there is no risk of damaging your enamel even if you happen to apply too much pressure while brushing. Nylon bristled toothbrush when used with too much pressure or used aggressively can cause your enamel to erode and cause teeth sensitivity. Silicon toothbrushes protect your enamel from wearing off and prevent teeth sensitivity.

Gives a glazed look to your teeth

woman smile with white teeth

The silicone bristles while rubbed against the teeth surfaces cause less friction but at the same time effectively removes the plaque and bacteria from the surface. Another advantage with these brushes is that it gives a polished look to your teeth.

Helps in cases of bleeding gums

These brushes are usually softer on your gums as well. There are fewer chances of gum bleeding, tearing of gums, gum infections, and painful gums while using them. Silicone toothbrushes also give a massaging effect to your gums to make them healthier and stronger.

Silicone toothbrushes dry faster

As compared to the nylon and bamboo brushes silicone brushes dry faster. This reduces the chances of bacteria adhering to the brush and also keep the cockroaches and other pests away.

How to use silicone toothbrushes?

Silicone toothbrushes are to be used just like the conventional manual toothbrushes using the right brushing technique.  Apply the toothpaste on the silicone bristles, then brush your teeth for 2 minutes using the right technique, and then finally rinse off. If you are using electric or battery-operated toothbrushes then you need not worry at all.

Also, silicone mouthpiece toothbrushes help you clean your teeth just in a few seconds. All you have to do is put it in your mouth and the device will brush your teeth for you.

How to clean silicone toothbrushes?

Do not try cleaning your silicone toothbrushes with alcoholic mouthwashes, acetone, or any such liquids or detergents as they might damage the silicone. Simply clean the silicone toothbrush by running your fingers through it and with water.

Some of the toothbrush brands may provide you with the cleaning material or sprays to clean your silicone electric toothbrush. They may also provide you with some extra toothbrush heads that you need to keep changing every 3-6 months.

Silicone toothbrushes for kids

Silicone toothbrush for kids

Silicone toys or teethers are available with small bristles that clean your baby’s teeth when they put it in their mouth. This is a genius invention for kids that make parents lives much easier. Silicone toothbrushes are usually recommended as they are very gentle on your baby’s teeth and gums and there is no risk of any injuries.

Silicone finger brushes are to be used at 6 months or when the first tooth erupts. Brands like Dr. Browns, SoulGenie, Hopop etc are good for finger toothbrushes. Gently Massage your baby’s gums and tooth with the finger toothbrush and water. There are many top brands of silicone toothbrush.


  • Silicone toothbrushes are trending and soon will be everyone’s choice shortly.
  • Silicone toothbrushes are less damaging as there is less or no friction between your teeth and the bristles which helps you prevent teeth sensitivity.
  • The bristles of these toothbrushes also do not fray as much compared to traditional toothbrushes.
  • These brushes do not need any extra care or maintenance.
  •  You simply cannot go wrong with silicone toothbrushes, just make sure you using the right one.

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Author Bio: Dr. Amrita Jain is a practicing dental surgeon since 4 years. She completed her B.D.S in 2016 and was has been a rank holder throughout her course. She suggests “Holistic dentistry is the best dentistry”. Her treatment line follows a conservative pattern which means saving a tooth is of utmost priority and preventing your teeth from getting decayed rather than curing it with a root canal treatment. She inculcates the same while consulting her patients. Apart from her interest in clinical practice, she has developed interest in research and writing over a period of time. She states “It is my clinical experience that motivates me to write and spread dental awareness”. Her articles are well researched with a combination of technical knowledge and clinical experience.

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