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Tooth brushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

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tooth brushTooth brushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

Even Benjamin Franklin was said to have warned against brushing the teeth too long and too hard, and this in an era where a grown-up with a mouth full of healthy, strong teeth was unusual. Though some people don’t think they’ll get their teeth clean enough unless they go at them “hammer and tongs,” our orthodontist says that a person should use a soft-bristle brush and be gentle. This is especially important if a person is wearing orthodontics such as braces or Invisalign. These devices put enough pressure on the teeth, and hard brushing will make any discomfort worse.

Toothbrush Abrasion

If a person brushes too long and too hard, they can both wear down their tooth enamel and injure their gums to the point where the root is exposed. When this happens, it can lead to cavities and gum disease. This is not something a person should have to deal with when they’re wearing braces or Invisalign. Eventually, these problems might lead to fillings, root canal therapy and even lost teeth.

Ironically, people can overbrush because they’re being meticulous about their oral hygiene, which people who wear traditional braces must be. The orthodontist should show their patient how to brush gently while being thorough. Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that covers teeth after eating and drinking sugary beverages, isn’t the same as tartar. It is soft enough to be easily removed.

How to Brush the Teeth

Ideally, a person shouldn’t take longer to brush their teeth than they would to sing the Happy Birthday Song. The tips of the bristles should be put at a 45 degree angle to the gum line, and the toothbrush should be moved in tiny, gentle circles across the teeth. The bristles should just brush the gums and not be mashed against the teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:

Herrin – 618-997-1800
Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
Benton – 618-438-2815

After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:

Damon System – uses self-ligating brackets
Braces – made with traditional metal and wire brackets
Invisalign – aligners designed for teenagers or adults

Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment.  Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

Tooth brushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

1 reply
  1. Chandu Naidu
    Chandu Naidu says:

    Nice Blog! this blog is important for a responsible parent who wants their child beautiful smile because it is important to teach them how to brush.


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