YES, IT’S TRUE… Brushing your teeth regularly and thoroughly is an important component of our lifelong oral health. But, did you also know that there’s some important techniques to brushing your teeth? We know that outside our office, it’s not something often talked about… Not exactly common dinner conversation!
At our office with Dr. Robert Brei, as we treat you and your family, one of the things we often notice is some of you just brush your teeth too hard.
Among other problems, brushing too hard can cause tooth sensitivity for many of our patients. According to the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry), sensitivity effects millions of people in this country. There are lots of other possible reasons for sensitivity as well, including drinking acidic beverages and eating acidic foods—but your aggressive brushing techniques are only contributing to these painful issues.
Dr. Brei says, “If the protective layer of enamel over your teeth becomes eroded, and/or your gumline recedes from the habit of brushing too hard, the softer tissue (called the dentin) can become exposed. Dentin is connected to your tooth’s nerves which can cause sensitivity and pain.”
There are also some whitening products and mouthwashes that can contribute. And of course, if you have a problem such as a cracked tooth, this can be causing pain as well (word to the wise—keep your regularly scheduled checkup appointments with Dr. Brei and his great team! We can catch things before they become a problem).
So, what can you do?
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Hold that toothbrush in your fingertips—not like a construction worker might hold a hammer!
- Brush gently.
- Try a desensitizing toothpaste.
- Use your toothbrush at a forty-five degree angle.
- Brush in circular motions.
Helping you take good care of your teeth is important to every member of our team here at our practice. If you ever have any questions, be sure to contact us!
Speaking of fun… There are some creative folks at an ad agency called Richter 7 who made this fun little video clip. Wow… And you were wondering if YOU’RE brushing too hard?!