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Does a Hard Bristle Toothbrush Get Your Teeth Cleaner?
There are many people who believe that brushing their teeth harder will get them cleaner. This is not true. You want to gently scrub your teeth clean. In fact, if you brush too hard, it can leave your teeth worse off than if you did not brush. Hard bristled toothbrushes can do a lot of damage. You should be using a soft toothbrush instead of one with hard bristles as that is the best way to get your mouth clean and avoid the extra damage.

What Happens When You Use a Toothbrush That Is Too Hard

By using a toothbrush with hard bristles, you risk a lot of damage to your teeth and the tissues in your mouth. Those bristles are meant to gently break up any debris or plaque that has formed on your teeth. If you push too hard, those bristles push their way into the tiny pores of your teeth and can do a lot of damage. What you can actually end up doing is wearing away some of the enamel that protects your teeth. This is something your body works hard to keep on your teeth, and something you definitely want there as it is a main defense against cavities. Also, when you use a toothbrush with really hard bristles, it can also wreak havoc on your gums. This can leave your gums bleeding and sore, potentially causing other issues in your mouth since your gums are constantly in the process of trying to heal.

In order to avoid this type of damage, you want to go with a toothbrush with soft bristles. This helps to clean your teeth without taking off any of the enamel. Plus, the soft bristles also are far more gentle on your gums, leaving them in much better condition when you are done cleaning your mouth. For more information, ask about the type of toothbrush you should use at your next dental exam.

Do You Brush for the Right Amount of Time?
Have you ever timed yourself brushing? Most people brush for too little time each day. The average time is just over a minute, when in actuality, you should be brushing for two full minutes. Ideally, you want to stop somewhere between two and three minutes. This should include brushing your teeth for two minutes, then taking the extra time to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. If you do not brush long enough, it could leave your teeth exposed to bacteria and debris, which can lead to tooth decay. Make sure to time yourself next time you brush to make sure you are doing it long enough.

Most Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures to Get Before Summertime
Going into the summer with a bright, beautiful, healthy smile is important to many of us. We love being able to go out, have fun, and smile the whole way through. Sometimes this means giving our teeth a boost before we head out. You may want to consider getting your teeth whitened so they look their best. If you have chips or cracks, dental bonding may be a good answer. Also, if you have crooked teeth, you may want to look into straightening aligners or even veneers to cover the problem. That way you have the beautiful smile you always wanted just in time to show it off this summer.

Something to Smile About!



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