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What Do Your Gums Say About Your Tooth Brushing Technique?

Posted in Receding Gums

The way you brush your teeth matters and your gums may reveal just how well you brush.

The Correct Way to Brush Your Teeth

To brush your teeth properly, aim your toothbrush bristles towards the gum line at about a 45-degree angle. Then, jiggle the bristles back and forth in short strokes. This will loosen plaque and food debris that get lodged right at the gum line.

Use very light pressure; your gums shouldn’t turn white from pressing on them too hard. Spend a full two minutes on your brushing: about one minute on the upper teeth and one minute on the lower teeth.

Signs in Your Gums That You Aren’t Brushing Properly

Your dentist can likely tell just by looking at your gums whether or not you brush your teeth correctly.

For example, puffy swollen gums indicate that there is plaque left on your teeth near the gum line. This plaque triggers gum swelling and bleeding. So, a puffed gum line indicates that you’re either:

  • Not accessing the gum line when you brush,
  • Not brushing long enough to clean your teeth and gums, or
  • Not brushing often enough to prevent plaque buildup from irritating your gums.

Receding gums is another tell-tale sign of bad brushing. Scrubbing your teeth with too much pressure irritates delicate gum tissue and makes it shrink away from tooth roots. If you have lots of gum recession, that may mean that you need to use a lighter hand when brushing.

Regular tooth brushing with the right technique is essential for healthy teeth and gums.

Visit a family dentist near you to see what else you can learn from your gum tissues.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

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