Havasu Dentist: Are you hurting your teeth and gums by brushing?

Proper brushing technique is necessary to not only effectively enhance your oral health, but also to prevent damage to your teeth and gums from brushing incorrectly. Did you know that you could actually do more harm to your teeth and gums by brushing incorrectly?

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Teeth check. Has your dentist or dental hygienist told you that you are losing the protective enamel on your teeth? This may be due to brushing too hard or use too hard of bristles! Enamel protects your teeth from tooth decay, so the loss of enamel increases chances of tooth decay. Minimize the force applied to your teeth when brushing or switch to a soft bristled toothbrush to help keep your enamel.

Gum check. Do your gums bleed after brushing your teeth? Do your gums get attention when brushing your teeth? If your gums bleed after brushing your teeth, you are likely brushing too hard or using too hard of bristles. Gums should not bleed after brushing, so evaluate your technique and reach out to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns. If you are not gently brushing the tops of your teeth near/onto the gums, you are missing a significant amount of bacteria, keeping yourself at risk for developing gingivitis or periodontal disease. Ensure you are brushing in a gentle, circular motion so you reach not only your teeth, but up into your gums as well. Floss and rinse afterwards for the best clean possible!

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