Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing

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Most Sherman Oaks residents brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush improperly but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems. They may pride themselves on their diligence, but frequency does not make up for incorrect methods.

One of the most common errors – especially for young Sherman Oaks dental patients – is quick, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.

There is a certain logic to this method; when you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The problem is that teeth and gums have special characteristics that require finesse. While enamel is durable, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.

If you use hard bristles against possible cavity makers, froth at the mouth, speed through those 30 inches of tooth surface, and spit everything out in less than a minute, this post is for you.

Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing
Decay from overlooked food particles
Damage to teeth through abrasion
Weakened enamel
Tooth sensitivity
Gum recession
Damage to existing dental work
Tartar build-up

The friendly dental hygienists at Sherman Oaks Dental teach patients the proper way to brush teeth. With a slow, deliberate two minutes twice daily, you can take control of your dental hygiene, improve your oral health, and impair the risk of future problems.

Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing:

Plaque is soft enough to scratch off with a fingernail, so brush accordingly with soft bristles
Angling the toothbrush requires little effort with consistently cleaner results
Proper tooth brushing can prolong that marvelous professional-cleaning feel
Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums

If you have already damaged your teeth or gums through aggressive or haphazard brushing, it’s critical to fix those problems and get back on track. Call 818-465-9704 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Bjornbak of Sherman Oaks Dental. At Sherman Oaks Dental, we provide individualized treatment for every patient’s dental issues and goals.

Dr. Michael Bjornbak
Sherman Oaks Dental
4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California 91403