Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush incorrectly but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems.
They may pride themselves on their daily dental hygiene, but frequency does not make up for an incorrect technique. One of the most common errors—especially for teenagers—is quick, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.
There is a certain logic to this technique; 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 tooth surface, and spit everything out in less than a minute, this message is for you.
Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing:
- Tooth decay is caused by bits of food left between teeth
- Damage to teeth through abrasion
- Weakened enamel
- Tooth Sensitivity
- receding gums
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up
The friendly dental hygienists at The Lewisville Dentist in Lewisville 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 cut down 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
- Angling the toothbrush is easy and cleans effectively
- Proper tooth brushing can prolong that fantastic 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 vital to fix those problems and get back on track. Call 469-708-4713 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jessfor Baugh of The Lewisville Dentist.
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