Most our patients at Koch Park Dental brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are some who don’t do a very good job of it, and put their dental health at risk.
They may pride themselves on their diligence, but frequency does not make up for an incorrect approach. One of the most common errors—especially for teenagers—is speedy, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.
There is a certain logic to this technique. When you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The trouble is that teeth and soft tissue have different characteristics. While enamel is durable, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.
If you use hard bristles against possible cavity makers, froth at the mouth, speed through those 30 inches of tooth surface, and spit everything out in less than a minute, this message is for you.
Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing:
- Tooth decay caused by bits of food left between teeth
- Damage to teeth through abrasion
- Weakened enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- receding gums
- Damage to existing dental work
- Tartar build-up
At Koch Park Dental in Florissant we encourage proper brushing. If you have any doubts about your technique, just ask, and we’ll give you some tips. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.