Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush improperly but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems.
They may pride themselves on their oral hygiene habits, but frequency does not make up for an incorrect technique. One of the most common errors—especially for teens—is speedy, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.
There is a certain logic to this method; when you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The trouble is that teeth and soft tissue have different characteristics. While enamel is sturdy, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.
If you use hard bristles against possible cavity makers, froth at the mouth, speed through those 30 inches of the tooth surface, and spit everything out in less than a minute, this post is for you.
Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing:
- Decay from missed food particles
- Damage to teeth through abrasion
- Weakened enamel
- Tooth Sensitivity
- gum recession
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up
The friendly dental hygienists at The Carrollton Dentist in Carrollton teach patients the proper way to brush teeth. With a slow, deliberate two minutes twice daily, you can take control of your dental hygiene, improve your oral health, and curtail the risk of future problems.
Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing:
- Plaque is soft enough to scratch off with a fingernail, so brush accordingly with soft bristles
- Holding the toothbrush at the correct angle achieves a thorough cleaning
- Proper tooth brushing can prolong that terrific professional cleaning feel
- Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums
If you have already damaged your teeth or gums through aggressive or haphazard brushing, it’s important to fix those dilemmas and get back on track. Call 469-708-2049 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yashmin Subba of The Carrollton Dentist.
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