By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
August 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: brushing  

Is your philosophy "the harder the better" when it comes to brushing your teeth. Although brushing hard might be the best way to remove brushingstains from your patio, it's not the ideal oral hygiene approach. Camillo DiLizia, DMD, your Centennial, CO, dentist at Dental Wellness at Dry Creek, is here to explain why vigorous brushing isn't such a good idea.

Brushing hard can hurt your teeth and gums

Brushing too hard can injure your sensitive gums and cause them to recede, exposing your roots. Your teeth may become more sensitive if the roots are exposed, and you may experience pain when you eat or drink certain foods or beverages. In severe cases, you may need a gum graft to replace the missing tissue. Hard brushing can also erode your tooth enamel, the tough outer surface of your teeth. When your enamel becomes damaged, your tooth decay risk may increase.

Soft is the best choice when buying toothbrushes

A hard-bristled brush may seem like the best choice for plaque removal, but you will be more likely to damage your teeth and gums with these brushes. A soft brush does an excellent job of removing plaque and is less likely to hurt your gums and teeth.

Keep the two-minute rule in mind

The amount of time you spend brushing your teeth is just as important as how you brush your teeth. If you make a quick pass with your toothbrush, you'll probably miss some areas of plaque. Dentists recommend that you spend two minutes brushing your teeth and make sure you brush every tooth thoroughly. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush each tooth individually. Brush both inside and outside surfaces of teeth.

Follow up brushing with floss and mouth rinse

Toothbrush bristles can't reach between teeth to remove plaque and food debris. Fortunately, dental floss provides an excellent way to reach those nooks and crannies. After you brush and floss, use an antiseptic mouth rinse that contains fluoride. These rinses not only kill bacteria but also help strengthen your tooth enamel, making your teeth less susceptible to cavities.

Contact you Centennial, CO Dentist

Regular dental visits are an excellent way to ensure that your teeth are strong and healthy. If it's time for your next exam, call Camillo DiLizia, DMD, your Centennial, CO, dentist at Dental Wellness at Dry Creek, at (303) 773-9400 to schedule an appointment. Protect your smile with good oral hygiene habits!