Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). But there are many who brush incorrectly, not realizing it may be contributing to oral problems. So those of us at Mason Dental in Grapevine ar using this space to review some basic brushing issues.
First of all, frequency does not make up for incorrect methods. One of the most common errors—especially for teens—is rapid, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.
There is a certain logic to this treatment. When you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? But teeth and soft tissue have different characteristics than tile. While enamel is durable, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.
Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing:
- Tooth decay caused by bits of food left between teeth
- Damage to teeth through abrasion
- Weakened enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up
The friendly hygienists at Mason Dental teach patients the proper way to brush their teeth. With a slow, deliberate two minutes twice daily, you can take control of your dental hygiene, improve your oral health, and lessen the risk of future problems.
Smart Brushing Is Better Than Aggressive Brushing:
- Plaque is soft enough to scratch off with a fingernail, so brush accordingly with soft bristles
- Angling the toothbrush requires little effort with consistently cleaner results
- Proper tooth brushing can prolong that wonderful professional-cleaning feel
- Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums
At Mason Dental in Grapevine, your dental health matters to us. We like to see each of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.