Most men and women 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 diligence, but frequency does not make up for an incorrect technique. One of the most common errors—especially for adolescents—is fast, 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 problem is that teeth and gums have special characteristics that require finesse. While enamel is stable, 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:
- Tooth decay caused by plaque that results from inadequate cleaning
- Damage to teeth through abrasion
- Weakened enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gums
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up
The friendly dental hygienists at La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad 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 lessen 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 critical to fix those troubles and get back on track. Call 760-633-3033 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth of La Costa Dental Excellence.
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