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Kind of brush to use

Contrary to what you might think, a gentle brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush is just as effective (and less damaging!) than a vigorous scrubbing with a stiff-bristle toothbrush.

Your tooth enamel is relatively thin. Years of aggressive brushing can begin to wear away the enamel and make the teeth sensitive. (Remember, the enamel on your teeth does not contain nerve fibres, but the dentin layer underneath does. Brushing too hard can also damage your gums.

Always use a soft or ultra-soft toothbrush

  • Softer bristles are more effective at cleaning the gum-line and more gentle on the gum tissues at the same time.
  • Soft brushes reduce gum recession and toothbrush abrasion.
  • Harder bristles can cause tooth enamel and dentin to wear away weakening the crown of the tooth.

Replacing a Toothbrush

  • Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months (at a minimum).
  • Replace toothbrushes immediately following a cold or flu to prevent re-exposure to bacteria or viruses.
  • Always replace a brush that looks worn of frayed.

 

Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and Flossing ADA guideline

Mouth rinse additional way to clean your mouth

 

 

 

Tips for Oral Hygiene Consume Calcium and other Vitamins

 

 

 

 

More Topics

Kinds of Teeth Cavities and dental decay
Parts of a Tooth Tartar or calculus
Four tissues that make each tooth. Risk Factors for Tooth Loss
Sensitive Teeth Toothache
Wisdom Teeth Home Remedies for Toothache 

 


 

References

plus.healthyteeth.org/

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/plaque-and-tartar/article/what-is-tartar

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tartar-dental-calculus-overview#1

http://drwisdomteeth.com/pages/wisdom-teeth.html

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/family/

www.arrowsmiledental.com/blog/10-great-dental-hygiene-tips/

www.arizonafamilydental.com/blog/toothache-home-remedies-really-work/

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