Everyone wants nice, pearly whites, so we should brush our teeth more often, right? Well, yes – but with a very big caveat from Mason Dental in Grapevine.
The trouble with brushing more often is the tendency to brush too aggressively. This can lead to gums receding or pulling away from teeth. You don’t want that.
Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line. Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.
Longer or Harder?
A common fallacy we hear sometimes is that if you want to brighten your teeth, you should brush them really hard.
The best way to get pearly whites (and prevent tooth decay) is to brush longer, not harder. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?
When you are finished brushing, it’s time to floss. Be careful to (gently) get the floss down into the pocket between the tooth and gum.