Aggressive Brushing does more harm than good!

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I know we have been conditioned that if you really want to get something clean you need to give it a good scrubbing.  However, when it comes to your teeth, you can cause more harm than good!

Brushing to hard can wear down your tooth’s enamel as well as damage your gums by exposing very sensitive roots.  It can also cause receding gums.  Once your gums recede, it can  result in an avalanche of dental issues from there.  Periodontal Disease and cavities on the root of a tooth can lead to a root canal or tooth extraction.

Choosing the right toothbrush is important when you are extra diligent with your dental care.  It is recommended that you use a soft-bristled tooth brush when brushing your pearly whites.  Hard bristled or medium bristled toothbrushes are not the best choice for people who brush aggressively.

Knowing you are an aggressive brusher is the first step to correcting the issue.  Being taught good dental brushing habits will usually prevent any dental damage from getting worse.   Brushing your teeth aggressively is not the way to ensure all the plaque is removed.  Plaque can be easily removed with a soft bristled brush as long as you reach all the surfaces that it hides.

It’s all about the technique!  Have you heard the expression quality verses quantity?   It should take you 2 to 3 minutes to brush your teeth thoroughly.  First start by tilting your brush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.  Make sure to brush the inside and outside chewing surface of each tooth.    And last but not least, gently brush your tongue.

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