In an effort to keep their teeth clean and white, some people exert excessive pressure on their toothbrushes and/or use overly abrasive toothpastes and powders. This does more harm than good. The fact is that plaque (sticky bacterial film) is soft enough that minimal pressure on the brush, along with the detergents and mild abrasives in most toothpastes are all that is needed to remove it. Brushing harder does not help  achieve a deeper clean, may  cause sensitive gum tissue to recede, and can even erode tooth enamel. Proper brushing merely requires holding a soft-bristled at a 45-degree angle to the gum-line and using short, gentle strokes to clean one section of teeth at a time.

Give your delicate gums a break – treat them kindly with proper care and they’ll reward you with years of optimal oral health.  And be sure to keep up with regular professional checkups and cleanings, too. For dental care for the family, we welcome you to our office.

P.S. If you notice that you are brushing your teeth too hard, try moving the brush in a small, circular motion, rather than brushing back and forth.