Preventative Dentistry Los Gatos
You’re brushing your teeth every night, and flossing at least semi-regularly, so there’s definitely no problem with your oral health care routine – right? The truth is, there are a few things you could be doing unknowingly that are contributing to dental damage your Los Gatos dentist Dr. Rahimi won’t be happy to see.
Maybe You’re Brushing too Hard
Brushing all the plaque and grime off your teeth and out of your mouth is important, but there is such a thing as scrubbing too vigorously. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to eliminate the threat of tearing up your gums and enamel, and consider the muscles you’re using when you’re brushing your teeth to be sure you aren’t using too much force against your gums.
Gums are meant to be stimulated by a toothbrush, so rather than grinding away with your big shoulder muscles and clasping your toothbrush with a closed-fist like a caveman, gently allow your finer-motor skills to clean your teeth, and avoid the repercussions of receding gums and enamel-less teeth later.
Maybe You’re Brushing too Fast
Remember that slow and steady wins the race? The same can be said for the overall cleanliness of your teeth when you s l o w d o w n and take your time to brush in and around the gumline of every individual tooth. It’s important to pay attention to how each of your teeth feels around the gumline, so that you might thereby pay more attention to possible signs of early gum disease.
By wiggling your toothbrush down into the gumline of every tooth, rather than rapidly scrubbing across multiple teeth at once, you are more likely to disrupt and remove built-up plaque formations that have settled into the smallest crevices of your teeth and gums.
Maybe You’re Not Paying Attention to Your Brushing
One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is to pay attention! Brushing unconsciously could eventually lead to tooth or gum damage, and an awareness of the type of toothbrush, toothpaste, and brushing and flossing techniques you use could save you years of oral disease and dental damage!
To learn more about taking care of your teeth and avoiding bad brushing habits in your future, call Los Gatos dentist Dr. Dr. Rahimi at (408) 374-3633 today!