When Less is More for Your Oral Health
Lots of people believe that brushing their teeth harder and longer than 2 minutes will make teeth cleaner and brighter. This is a common and unfortunate mistake.
Teeth can take only so much pressure and the more pressure you apply, the more you damage the enamel that protects your teeth.
Learning the Purpose of Brushing Your Teeth
The true purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove any plaque buildup on tooth enamel that can cause cavities or form harmful bacteria causing gum disease.
When you brush your teeth with too much force, you actually tear down the protective tooth enamel as well as delicate gum tissue, potentially introducing serious problems to your overall oral health.
It is best to floss food from between teeth after meals. Allow some time to pass before brushing so you don’t compound the effects of acid on your teeth by brushing it into your teeth with force.
After flossing, brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and use a gentle motion brushing away from the gum. This will help protect the delicate gum area and force bacteria causing plaque away from your teeth and gums. There is no doubt some pressure is necessary when brushing, but as with anything, too much of a good thing can have reverse effects.
Brushing your teeth should be a twice daily routine for up to 2 minutes per brushing and rinsing afterward or drinking plenty of water which will aid in maintaining good oral health.
If you are using an air-floss or waterpik and / or electric toothbrush, plan to use the air-floss or waterpik first and then employ the use of your electric toothbrush with care.
Whether your brush is manual or electric, always use a soft brush that is in good shape and not worn down with spreading or flat bristles.
Maintain Regular Dental Checkups
Many of us are specialists in one way or another, but when it comes to our teeth, no doubt it’s best to see a caring dental professional.
Ocean County dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem has been helping patients maintain good oral health for nearly 20 years.
If you feel you are taking good care of your teeth, but see problems developing with your oral health, call Dr. Rotem for a routine exam before any problems grow out of hand.
Less is more when it comes to forceful brushing, but finding the best balance for your oral health is for your own good.
Call Dr. Rotem today for the best professional care you can find for continued good oral health.
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