Friday, December 23, 2011

Brushing Too Hard Can Damage Your Gums

The health of your gums is intricately related to the health of your teeth. When your dentist uses the phrase, “brush your teeth,” what he really means is “brush your teeth and gums.”
People believe that brushing their teeth hard means that they are doing well. This is a completely wrong misconception.

It’s often better for your teeth and gums if you use a softer touch. The plaque and bacteria that build up on your teeth can be more effectively removed with a softer, gentler scrub. If you brush too hard, not only will your gums be swollen, but you’re also not cleaning your teeth as efficiently as you could be.

How to take care of your Gums?

Dentist huntington beach - brushing gumsFollow these tips if you’re one of those “gum scrubbers” who brushes too hard
  • Lighten up! If you tend to brush too hard, ask a member of your family to watch you brush and remind you when you start bearing down too hard.
  • 45-degree angle. Make sure that your toothbrush bristles are touching your gums at a 45-degree angle; this can reduce the force of the brush against your gums.
  • Use an electric toothbrush. If you haven’t been able to train yourself to brush more softly, get an electric tooth brush! Ask our dentist to recommend a good toothbrush that gives your teeth and gums a steady, consistent and gentle scrubbing, just like the professional models used at our dentist’s office in Huntington Beach.
  • Use analgesic toothpaste. If you tend to have a case of receding gums, our dentist can prescribe an analgesic toothpaste in order to reduce discomfort and promote healthier gums.
If your gums are straining from the pressure of excessive brushing, know that there is hope. Visit our dentist in Huntington Beach in order to prevent the situation from getting worse, he will show you the correct techniques so you can learn how to brush your teeth and gums!

Remember Poor Gum Health is one of the major causes of Tooth Loss!!!


Anonymous said...

Some people prefer to get a hard bristle brush, but using that can cause gum recession or be painful while brushing. Medium bristle brushes are good because they are not too soft yet not too hard. Some people prefer electric tooth brushes over a more traditional brush. Smaller headed brushes are good because they can fit in the small places in your mouth and around your teeth.

Anonymous said...

Hard brushing damages the gums and is not good at all for you. Brushing more than three times is also bad for you. You must always observe moderation at all times, even in brushing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips. All you have shared are true. The best way to keep your teeth healthy is by following the basic principles of brushing and flossing. Most people weren't taught proper techniques on how to care for their teeth. By lacking this basic knowledge you can be doing a disservice to the health of your teeth.

Anonymous said...

Seemingly minor actions can significantly impact your oral health. Brushing quickly, clenching your jaw when you're stressed, gnawing on pens, ripping things open with your teeth-you might do these things without thinking twice. Pay attention to how you use-or abuse-your teeth, then make some changes.

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