Posts for category: Oral Hygiene
Brushing too hard? Have you ever been told your hard brushing is causing recession of your gums? Here’s a few tips to help:
1. If the bristles on your toothbrush are bent, smashed or don’t resemble anything close to a brush anymore, you are most likely brushing too hard.
2. Try an electric tooth brush, some even come with pressure sensors to keep you from pushing too hard.
3. If you normally hold your toothbrush with your entire fist, hold your toothbrush the same way you would hold a pen or pencil.
4. Always choose a tooth brush with soft bristles and concentrate on brushing in small circles, hard back and forth strokes are more traumatic to your gums.
Brushing before going to sleep every night can help prevent cavities. To start let's talk about how cavities form. Bacteria that live in all our mouths and on our teeth eat the same sugars we eat, including sweets and other carbohydrates like breads and pastas. After consuming these sugars, the bacteria, called Streptococcus Mutans, produce an acidic byproduct that erodes the enamel in our teeth causing a cavity. During the day and especially while eating a meal, our bodies produce saliva to aid in digestion. This saliva is also our bodies top defense against cavity causing bacteria. Saliva contains proteins and minerals which help combat the acid byproduct that causes cavities and aids in washing away food particles that get stuck on our teeth. Unfortunately, at night our body stops producing saliva at the same rate as during the day and puts our teeth at risk for decay. That means it is extra important to get rid of any food remnants in our mouths before bedtime, a time when our mouth isn't protected by our saliva and can easily become an acidic environment, an environment cavities love. So make sure you brush before bed!