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Aggressive Brushing Can Be A Problem For Your Enamel

If you put more effort into something, you can look forward to better results. For people who are concerned about their oral health, better brushing can be a priority. Unfortunately, some people mistakenly believe that the key to taking better care of their teeth means they need to brush with more force. This can be a mistake for several reasons. One thing to keep in mind is that even if you brush aggressively, you are not able to remove tartar from your smile – this removal only occurs with a professional teeth cleaning. You should also be aware that brushing with more force can lead to more friction that can wear down your enamel. If you have concerns about your long-term oral care routine, our Seattle, WA dental practice is happy to offer guidance!

Forceful Brushing Can Actually Wear Down Your Enamel

As remarkably tough as it may be, your enamel is vulnerable to friction over time. One rough brushing session may not hurt you, but continuing to clean your teeth with too much force can actually make your smile weaker. This is because wearing down your enamel can make it harder for you to naturally resist cavities, meaning you are more likely to require restorative dental work.

Tips For Protecting Your Smile Each Day

So what can you do if you want to make sure you are doing a better job brushing? Forget about using more force, and start thinking about the time you give to this activity. You should spend enough time brushing to make sure every area – even those hard to reach spaces, will receive attention. You should also make sure to clean at your gum line in order to protect against periodontal disease. Of course, brushing is only one part of your smile care routine – you should also floss on a daily basis.

Schedule Routine Appointments To Keep Your Teeth In Good Health

When you visit our practice for general dental care, we provide you with a thorough teeth cleaning, and a careful review to determine if anything might be wrong with your smile. This cleaning can lead to the removal of stubborn tartar, as well as plaque and food debris that might have gone unaddressed. These visits can also lead to the discovery of tooth decay, even if you are not feeling its effects (yet). When this occurs, a problem can be addressed with a dental filling, and you will not have to worry about having a problem with a tooth infection at a later date because that decay went unnoticed.

Talk To Ballard Neighborhood Dentist About Better Brushing

At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist, you can enjoy quality care during a routine checkup, and receive tips that help you protect your smile at home! For more information, please call our Seattle, WA dental office at 206-789-2555.

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