Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). But many of us brush improperly, not realizing that it may contribute to oral problems. If that sounds like you, Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry has some useful advice.
One of the most common errors people make is quick, aggressive brushing with a hard bristle toothbrush. There is a certain logic to this technique. When you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right?
The difference is that teeth and gums require a certain finesse. Enamel is stable, but the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.
Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing:
- Decay from missed food particles
- Damage to teeth through abrasion
- Weakened enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gums
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up
The friendly dental hygienists at Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry agree with the American Dental Association recommendations, which are to brush slowly and deliberately for two minutes each day. Holding your soft-bristle brush at a 45-degree angle, brush the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then the lower teeth. Next, brush the inner surface.
With both, be sure you get the teeth’s chewing surfaces. And don’t overlook your tongue!
If you have already damaged your teeth or gums through aggressive or haphazard brushing, it’s essential to fix those problems. Call Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry in Richardson TX. We provide cosmetic and general dentistry, along with other services, and would like to see you.
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