Some people, with the best of intentions, put a little extra effort into brushing their teeth, using more force than is necessary in the belief that they will get their teeth cleaner in doing so. Unfortunately, they are more likely to find themselves in need of restorative dentistry treatments over time than to derive any benefits from their aggressive tooth brushing. This is because aggressive tooth brushing can be nearly as harmful to your teeth as not brushing them at all, undermining your most conscientious efforts to keep your teeth clean and free from plaque.
At our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice, Dr. Toni Sartini and her team of skilled dental professionals provide our patients with the education they need to take excellent care of their teeth between visits. This includes providing them with information on how to brush their teeth properly. In discussing dental damage and aggressive tooth brushing during appointments at our Palmyra, IN practice, many patients are surprised to learn that they may be causing serious harm to their teeth, and possibly even increasing the risk of tooth loss.
If you are searching for a dentist who is truly committed to improving and preserving the oral health of her patients, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Toni Sartini today.
How Can You Damage Your Oral Health through Aggressive Tooth Brushing?
Enamel is one of the strongest and most durable substances in all of nature. Over time, however, it can be damaged. The most common source of damage is bacterial plaque, which can gradually cause enamel to erode, especially among those who do not visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings.
However, the use of a hard-bristled toothbrush can have a similarly erosive effect on enamel, causing it to become worn through continual use. This is the primary reason that hard-bristle toothbrushes have all but disappeared from the shelves of most stores. They offer no real benefit; soft- and medium-bristled toothbrushes are equally effective at removing plaque while they are far less likely to damage enamel.
Even with soft- and medium-bristled toothbrushes, though, damage can be done to enamel if undue force is used to brush the teeth. There is simply no need to use aggressive force when brushing your teeth, as it will not result in the removal of more plaque than will gentle force. Far more important is how thorough you are in brushing your teeth. You will want to be sure you cover all surfaces of every tooth in your mouth, including the top and back surfaces. After you have brushed your teeth with a gentle touch, finish the job with a thorough flossing and a vigorous rinse, and your teeth should be clean and fresh.
Learn More about Dental Damage and Aggressive Tooth Brushing
If you would like to learn more about how to avoid dental damage through proper tooth brushing techniques, we invite you to contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today.