When it comes to brushing your teeth, harder is not better. While you may think that aggressive scrubbing is helping to get your teeth extra clean, you could actually be doing more harm than good, especially if you are also rushing through your routine. It is important to check yourself on your brushing habits. Are you brushing for two minutes, twice a day? Are you brushing the right way? Frequency doesn’t make up for improper methods.
Your teeth are not bathroom tiles, and plaque is not stubborn soap scum or mildew stains. Your teeth have an outer layer of enamel that needs to be protected. In addition, your teeth are surrounding by delicate, soft tissues. Not only does brushing your teeth require finesse, but plaque is a soft substance that can be easily removed with the gentle strokes of a soft-bristled brush.
If you are beginning to question your aggressive brushing habits, consider the following consequences of quick, hard brushing:
- Decay from missed food particles
- Damage to teeth from abrasion
- Weakened enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
- Bleeding gums
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up (hardened plaque)
For more tips on the right and wrong way to brush, contact Gilreath Family Dentistry. We welcome the opportunity to help patients fine tune their oral care habits at home so that they can achieve a healthy, long-lasting smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,