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How to Reverse the Effects of Rough Tooth Brushing

Are you an aggressive tooth-brusher?

You may be if you notice signs like:

  • Receded gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Notches worn into the outer surfaces of your teeth near the gumlines

Most toothpastes are abrasive by nature. Combine that with a heavy hand and a hard-bristled toothbrush, your teeth and gums will likely experience wear every time you clean them.

Is there any way to stop and reverse the damage?

Irreplaceable Gums and Enamel

Gums, once lost to recession, don’t grow back on their own. Similarly, tooth enamel doesn’t come back if it’s worn away.

Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to reverse the damage.

How to Fix Abrasion and Gum Recession

The first thing to do is address whatever is wearing down your gums and enamel, to prevent it from getting worse.

Throw out your current toothbrush and look for one with extra-soft bristles. A brush with a small head can also help you avoid carelessly scrubbing your gums. Use a non-abrasive sensitivity toothpaste.

You may find that a powered toothbrush is a good solution. Electric brushes do the work for you so there’s no need for much force. Some brushes even come with a sensor that warns you if you’re pushing it against your teeth too hard.

Worn enamel can often be repaired with dental bonding or fillings. A severe case may need to be capped with a dental crown. Similarly, small restorations can cover up tooth roots exposed by gum recession. If your gums have receded too much, then your dentist may suggest gum grafting to replace lost tissue.

Contact your local dentist if you need help with finding a gentler toothbrushing method or offer tips on how to repair the damage from aggressive brushing.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

 

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