Daily brushing is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, it is important to use the right tools and the right technique, or even this vital regimen could be harmful.
Brushing too hard can irritate your gums and can also erode the teeth’s surface enamel.
Brushing Your Teeth Correctly
Brushing your teeth is not as effective if you brush too hard or if you do not brush hard enough. Brushing too gently will not remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. Nor will it stimulate your gums to keep them healthy and free of inflammation. Brushing too hard can irritate your gums and can also erode the teeth’s surface enamel.
Over the long term, brushing too hard can cause serious damage to your enamel. Scratches to the enamel, pitting, or significant thinning to the enamel layers makes your teeth more vulnerable to damage and decay. If you are not sure what the proper technique is for brushing your teeth, ask our dentist for a demonstration.
Using the Right Toothbrush
Another important element to proper brushing is your toothbrush. Toothbrushes come in several types, from extra soft for small children to stiffer toothbrushes for adults. As a general rule, you should use a soft or medium toothbrush. Although it might seem that a stiffer toothbrush would keep your teeth cleaner, but this is not necessarily the case. In fact, a stiffer toothbrush is more likely to contribute to erosion and damage to the tooth enamel. Combined with an improper brushing technique, a stiff toothbrush can severely damage your tooth enamel, leading to eventual decay, damage, and even tooth loss.
Our dentist can help you decide what kind of toothbrush is best for your teeth. If you have naturally thinner enamel, you will probably need to err on the side of a much softer toothbrush. Softer toothbrushes are also better for children, and those just learning how to brush should use a toothbrush made especially for beginners.
For more information on proper brushing techniques contact the Surrey office of Newton Dental Group to schedule a one on one consultation.