Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush incorrectly but don’t realize it. In this post from Chesterfield Smile Design, we’d like to remind the greater St. Louis area to brush properly.
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; 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 strong, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.
Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing:
- Tooth decay caused by bits of food left between teeth
- Damage to teeth through abrasion
- Weakened enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gums receding or pulling away from teeth
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up
The friendly dental hygienists at Chesterfield Smile Design 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
- Holding the toothbrush at the correct angle achieves a thorough cleaning
- Proper tooth brushing can prolong that remarkable 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 troubles and get back on track. Protect your dental health! Call us at Chesterfield Smile Design. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.
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