We all know that we need to brush and floss every day, but improper brushing can be abrasive and destructive, causing problems such as:

  • Receding gums
  • Wearing away of the tooth root
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Weakened teeth

wearing of tooth structure
Wearing of tooth structure
use a soft toothbrush
Use a soft toothbrush

It’s Time To Change Your Habits

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re brushing destructively, and brushing habits can be hard to break. To avoid destructive tooth brushing, keep the following in mind:

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush; you can make the bristles even softer by running hot water over them before use.
  • Use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste; whitening or tartar control products can be too rough on teeth, receding gums, and exposed roots. One way to be sure that your toothpaste is non-abrasive is to use brands labeled “sensitive.”
  • Use the proper technique. Angle the bristles of your toothbrush at 45 degrees and apply just enough pressure that the bristles gently slide under the gum-line.
  • Don’t scrub! If you’re not sure whether you’re pressing too hard, try holding the end of your toothbrush with two fingers; this will give you enough force to get the job done without doing damage. You might also consider using an electric toothbrush, as they make it easier to brush with less pressure.

If you have concerns about your brushing, talk to us! The Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins team can show you exactly what you need to know to keep your mouth healthy without causing damage to your teeth.

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