Avoid Dental Damage from Aggressive Tooth Brushing
By Andrew Mortensen, DDS on August 02, 2017
If you wish to maintain a smile that is healthy and beautiful, there is probably no dental habit that is more beneficial than tooth brushing. However, what many patients do not realize is that the full benefits of tooth brushing will only be achieved if a person is practicing proper brushing techniques. One common oral hygiene mistake is aggressive tooth brushing.
Aggressive tooth brushing can damage tooth enamel and increase the risk of dental problems. To treat dental problems, patients must undergo restorative dentistry treatment to rebuild tooth structure and improve oral health. Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen educates patients about proper tooth brushing techniques and encourages dental habits that allow his patients to avoid dental damage from aggressive tooth brushing. To learn more, contact our Fountain Valley, CA dental practice.
Proper Tooth Brushing
Tooth brushing is the best way to clean the teeth and avoid the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar between routine dental exams and cleanings. We encourage patients to brush at least twice a day. Although tooth brushing can be extremely beneficial, it is important for patients to ensure they are brushing the teeth properly. Proper tooth brushing maximizes oral health benefits and minimizes the risk of dental damage. Below are some helpful tips regarding proper tooth brushing:
- Always choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles. These will be less harsh on tooth enamel.
- Avoid using too much pressure when brushing the teeth. It does not take a lot of force to properly clean away bacteria and food particles.
- Keep the toothbrush moving gently across the teeth so you reach all surfaces of the teeth and avoid focusing too much on a single area.
- Keep the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. This minimizes contact and force on tooth enamel.
Dangers of Aggressive Tooth Brushing
Everybody should make tooth brushing a priority. But people who brush aggressively will not reap the full benefits of this oral hygiene habit. Instead, they can actually put their oral health at risk. Aggressive tooth brushing can wear down tooth enamel and cause damage to the outer layer of the teeth. If this protective layer is damaged, the inner layers of the tooth will be exposed. The inner tooth contains sensitive nerves and tissues that can become damaged and infected.
Below are some of the most common risks of aggressive tooth brushing:
- Tooth decay
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Root canal infection
- Gum disease
Treatment for Dental Damage
Dr. Mortensen offers patients general dentistry services, such as routine exams and cleanings, which assist in the preservation of good oral health. He also teaches proper oral hygiene habits and techniques so that patients get the most out of their at-home oral care.
Still, Dr. Mortensen understands that dental damage can develop. He offers a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry treatments to repair the most common forms of dental damage, including that caused by aggressive tooth brushing. Patients who have suffered dental damage can learn more about these treatments, including fillings, inlays and onlays, and dental crowns, when they contact our practice.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are concerned about the health of your smile, Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen can help. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our full range of restorative dentistry treatments.
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“I am proud to have served patients in our community. Through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment, we are able to offer you and your family the high level of care you're looking for.” Andrew G. Mortensen, D.D.S.