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How Your Toothbrush Could Damage Your Smile

Soda, candy, grinding your teeth. You’re probably familiar with a lot of these ‘bad guys’ when it comes to tooth health. You also know that you should brush and floss regularly to keep your smile healthy. But it’s possible that your attempts to brush well could backfire.

Effects of Rough Brushing on Teeth

A toothbrush seems harmless enough, but add heavy pressure over a long period of time, and the bristles can wear down tooth enamel. This easily happens when you’re using a toothbrush that’s too hard.

You could also abrade your teeth if you roughly scrub back-and-forth for years on end.

Are You Causing Gum Recession?

It’s not just your teeth that suffer from vigorous brushing. Your gums are very sensitive and will quickly shrink away from months of rubbing at them with rough toothbrush bristles. Gum recession can be caused by anything from genetics to crowns to gum disease, but it will definitely get worse if you chafe your gums with over-zealous brushing.

How to Lighten Up

So what’s the right way to brush your teeth? Start by selecting a brush labeled “soft.” This means that the bristles will be more flexible and gentle. Less is more when it comes to cleaning your teeth.

A tight grip while brushing is a tricky habit to break. Try these tips:

  • Hold the toothbrush between only the index finger and thumb instead of your fist
  • Switch to your non-dominant hand
  • Use a powered toothbrush with an indicator so that you know when you’re brushing too hard

Ask your dentist to look for signs on your teeth and gums that your brushing is a little too rough.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

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