Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush inadequately but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems.
They may pride themselves on their diligence, but frequency does not make up for an incorrect approach. One of the most common errors—especially for adolescents—is quick, 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 message 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 Decatur Smiles in Decatur 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
- Holding the toothbrush at the correct angle achieves a thorough cleaning
- 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 256-350-5820 to schedule an appointment with doctor Stephanie Teichmiller of Decatur Smiles.