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Top Reasons Why Brushing Hard Is A Bad Idea

When we start our day by brushing our teeth, it is important to know how we do it. Afterall, brushing and how effective it is will all depend on our brushing technique. This is where how we brush comes into play, and how brushing hard and harshly can do more bad than good.

In this article we will proceed to explain the reasons why brushing with force is detrimental to your oral health, as well as some easy tips to pick up a good brushing technique in no time with the help of Los Algodones dentists.


Why is it bad to brush hard?

There are several reasons why this should be avoided at all costs. These are the top reasons why:


It affects your tooth enamel

Tooth enamel is what protects your teeth. Teeth are formed by their pulp where the nerves are at, which is then covered by dentin, and then the hard shelled tooth enamel.  This protective layer is what keeps the temperature away from reaching the sensitive inside, as well as allowing you to chew without the pressure being a problem.

So when we brush hard, we are actually harming our protective layer, ripping little pieces off. This can lead to many dental problems such as:

  • Tooth sensitivity.
  • Discoloration due a thinner enamel.
  • Receding gums.

Worry not! For we will briefly explain how each of these can happen and link to brushing.


Tooth sensitivity

So through a thinner enamel, it is easier for temperature to reach the core of your teeth. This makes extremely uncomfortable to eat hot and cold foods alike, and even biting can get to be painful!

In order to avoid this, rather than the obvious switching to brushing more gentle, we recommend the use of desensitizing toothpaste which helps blocking the tiny spots where the temperature travels to the soft inside. Of course, the toothpaste does not work immediately and must be used for about two weeks in order to expect good results.


Tooth discoloration

Many reasons exists that can give way to tooth discoloration. The most common are:

  • Food and drinks with dark pigments, such as soda, wine, coffee, pasta sauce, etc.
  • Genetics, which is the reason behing and already thin tooth enamel.
  • And of course, brushing hard which breaks our protective tooth enamel.

In the scenario where tooth discoloration is a real issue, Los Algodones is an excellent place to get them back to white and shiny. We offer cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening and veneers that are excellent and giving a smile the extra shine it needs.


Receding gums

As gums get damaged over and over again, it is normal for them to start to recede and pull back. This is also something that happens with the use of tobacco products and cigarettes.

Gum recession is troublesome as it can get to the point where it exposes the root of the tooth. The root, unlike the teeth itself, is not protected by tooth enamel but by cementum. Cementum works the same way as tooth enamel, but it is more vulnerable to plaque and bacteria attacks, as such, it is best to have healthy gums to avoid that further issues!


So how do we improve the overall situation?

Change your toothbrush to one with soft bristles

If you haven’t done this already, we wholeheartedly recommend switching to a toothbrush with soft bristles.

A tooth brush with no hard bristles will not only be gentler on the surface of your teeth, but the bristles themselves will be able to bend and reach more difficult spots way easier.


Brush gentle

This is extra important if you also have problems with bleeding gums. Remember that what we want to accomplish with our daily brushing is that we remove bacteria, buildup plaque and to have a fresh breath!

As an extra tip, for those of you looking to keep the harm to your gums at a minimum and also for gum disease, there are extra soft toothbrushes that you may find in pharmacies in Los Algodones.


Fluoride is your ally

Last but not least, we have the use of fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water and that is capable of bonding with and strengthening our tooth enamel.

There are different ways of how we can include fluoride in our diet, the most common ways are:

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