We are taught from a very young age the importance of brushing your teeth at least twice every day. But unless you ask your dentist specifically to demonstrate the correct way to brush, you may be making a mistake in the way you are brushing. Your oral health depends on the tools you use to brush as well as the technique.
Many people believe they must scrub their teeth to help control plaque buildup. However, too much pressure and using a hard bristle toothbrush can result in worn dental enamel and the potential for gum recession.
The ideal tools for brushing include a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. A very reasonably priced aid for keeping teeth clean is with an electronic toothbrush. You merely guide it around your mouth brushing the front, back, and top of a few teeth at a time using a circular motion.
An electronic toothbrush usually comes with some type of timer that signals when you’ve brushed for two minutes, the recommended time to brush. When using a manual toothbrush, chances are that you are not brushing as long as you should.
The consequences of the wrong tools and ineffective technique could be numerous:
Bleeding gums – Healthy gum tissue does not bleed unless provoked. The wrong brush and too much pressure can result in bleeding gums.
Worn dental enamel – You can literally damage the protective coating that covers the surface of your teeth. Worn enamel can result in a breach that can lead to decay.
Gum recession – Premature gum recession can occur if you brush too hard regularly. This can lead to discomfort and teeth might actually appear longer. When gums recede, pockets form between teeth and the gum line making it possible for bacteria to penetrate the area. If left unchecked the bones that hold your teeth in place may be impacted with the eventuality of tooth loss.
In addition to your brushing tools and technique, there are other things you can do to help protect your oral health. Do not use tobacco in any form; limit soda and sugary snacks to special occasions; drink water; and make sure you visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam.
Your dental health can impact your overall health so taking care of your teeth is an extension of caring for your overall health. For more tips, contact our knowledgeable staff at Brend Dental!