Everyone wants nice, pearly whites so, naturally, we should brush our teeth more often, right? At Allen Park Dental Care, we give that a qualified yes. The only trouble with brushing more often is when it’s done too aggressively, leading to receding gums. You definitely don’t want that.
Gum recession is when your gum line exposes too much of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It leads to a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line. Bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket and leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.
Longer or Harder?
A common misconception is the idea that if you want to lighten discolored teeth, you should brush them really hard.
The best way to get pearly whites (and prevent 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. Be sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth.
Brushing longer and not harder is the key. When you brush your teeth swiftly, you may not be getting all the fragments of food off. You don’t want the particles of food to turn into plaque.
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 Allen Park Dental Care, we monitor your teeth and gums at every cleaning and checkup. If there are any signs of gum recession we will treat it accordingly. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!
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