As you may already know, it’s very important to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Now, this might seem like a simple task, but if you don’t brush properly, there is a chance you can harm your teeth and gums. In fact, if you brush too hard, your tooth enamel can be worn away and your gums can be irritated (this makes them move away from the teeth). When these things happen, the channels in the tooth that lead to the nerve are opened, and the tooth roots are exposed. These problems cause tooth sensitivity.
In order to find out if you brush too hard, you need to examine your toothbrush. There is one telltale sign that shows that you brush too hard, and that sign is toothbrush bristles that stick out in all different directions. If your toothbrush shows this sign, you need to ease up on your brushing technique.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your tooth sensitivity. In addition to brushing softer, it’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush (if you don’t already) and use desensitizing toothpaste. If you want to go all out, there are even toothbrushes that help with sensitivity. These brushes are careful with the teeth and even have vibrating bristles that remove the plaque without having to brush too much. You can also use products like sensitivity strips that help strengthen your tooth enamel and protect against plaque.
Do you have any questions about brushing and tooth sensitivity in Littleton, Colorado? If so, please reach out to our dentist, Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek, and dental team at Dakota Ridge Dental at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 303.933.2420 and we will be thrilled to help you. We look forward to your phone call!