April 18, 2019

Brushing Too Hard? Find Out How to Brush Your Teeth Without Damaging Them

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 4:13 pm

a woman brushing her teethIt’s time to get up, and you’re already in the bathroom beginning your morning routine. You grab your toothbrush, swipe on some toothpaste and go to work on scrubbing away all that bacteria and dried saliva. When you pull your brush back, you notice the bristles look tattered and worn. Is it time for another toothbrush already? If you’re tired of always buying a new toothbrush because you’ve worn your other one out, you may be surprised to learn that brushing too hard can damage your teeth! Find out how to brush your teeth in a way that gets the job done but doesn’t harm your teeth and gums.

What is the Proper Technique for Brushing My Teeth?

There’s a misconception that the harder the brush, the cleaner your mouth will be. Trust us when we say this is not the case. Applying too much pressure while brushing can create problems for your teeth and gums that can cause tooth sensitivity. Try following these steps to ensure your mouth is clean, and your pearly whites stay healthy and strong.

  1. Keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, as this will allow the bristles to move below the gum line.
  2. Using short strokes, move the brush back and forth over the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. An electric toothbrush will do most of the work for you, just simply move it in the right direction, making sure not to push it against your teeth.
  3. Make sure you brush for two minutes twice a day. It takes that long to fully eliminate the bacteria in your mouth, so don’t rush your brushing routine.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?

There are different types of toothbrushes out there and determining which one to use can be difficult. This is especially true if you have a specific dental issue you need to care for in a particular way. Here are a few options you can choose from when looking for a new toothbrush:

  • Manual toothbrush: Always make sure that when you’re preparing to purchase that it has an ADA (American Dental Association) seal. Also, remember to replace your toothbrush every three months. These types of toothbrushes can vary depending on bristle hardness (you’ll want a soft-bristled brush), head shape, bristle pattern, and handle design.
  • Electric toothbrush: Whether the head of the toothbrush oscillates, rotates, or vibrates, it takes the effort out of brushing.

Always talk to your Arlington dentist if you’re unsure of which tools and products to use to care for your teeth, as they will be able to provide their expert advice.

How Can the Way I Brush Harm My Teeth and Gums?

Using the wrong type of toothbrush or brushing too hard can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums. It can lead to the wearing away of your enamel and cause your gums to recede, which, in turn, can result in tooth sensitivity. If you want your teeth to stay white and shiny, ease up on the amount of pressure used to brush your teeth, as it can cause them to turn yellow or become darker over time.

Remember, it doesn’t take much to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth. Treat your teeth and gums with care by brushing the right way.

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