Most of our patients at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC 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 incorrect methods. One of the most common errors—especially for adolescents—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 problem is that teeth and gums have special characteristics that require finesse. While enamel is durable, 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 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
- Gum recession
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up
The friendly dental hygienists at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville 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 Beats 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 wonderful 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 issues and get back on track. Call Freedom Village in Jacksonville NC for an appointment. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.
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