This post from Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ is about that most basic of dental health practices, brushing your teeth.
Most men and women brush their teeth (at least we hope so). But many brush incorrectly without realizing 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 incorrect methods. One of the most common errors—especially for adolescents—is rapid, 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 catch is that teeth and gums require a certain finesses. While enamel is strong, 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 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 Wildflower Dental in Sun City 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 reduce 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 requires little effort with consistently cleaner results
- Proper tooth brushing can prolong that remarkable professional-cleaning feel
- Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums
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