Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)
- Posted on: Jun 7 2019
Everyone wants nice, pearly whites, so naturally we should brush our teeth more, right? You’d think so. More often might be better, but not if you’re brushing too hard. That can lead to gum recession, and at Flax Dental in Atlanta we assure you, you don’t want that.
Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It leads to a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line. Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.
Longer or Harder?
A common misconception we hear occasionally is that if you want to lighten your teeth, you should brush them really hard.
The best way to get pearly whites (and prevent tooth decay) is to brush longer, not harder. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?
When you are finished brushing, it’s time to floss. Make sure you get the floss into the pocket between the teeth.
Brushing longer and not harder is the key. When you brush your teeth swiftly, you may not be getting all the bits of food off. You don’t want the fragments of food to turn into plaque.
If you truly desire whiter teeth, make certain you brush your teeth in a slow, circular motion for as close to five minutes as you can. Methodically go over each tooth on every surface. Plus your tongue. If five minutes is impossible, make sure you brush for at least two minutes. Set a timer on your phone. Play your favorite two-minute song.
Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. And the fluoride helps your teeth remineralize after eating or drinking enamel-weakening acidic foods and beverages.
At Flax Dental in Atlanta, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. So brush (gently) twice a day, floss at least once, and see us for a checkup twice a year. Our services include restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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