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Toothbrush Damage and How to Prevent It

02 Jul 2018
July 2, 2018

Brushing your teeth is the most important aspect of ensuring proper dental care and hygiene, but as they say, even a good thing can become a bad thing if not done in a proper manner. Similarly, if the process of brushing teeth is not doing in the correct way, it can lead to harm in the form of damage to teeth and gums. We will discuss about toothbrush damage and how to prevent it to ensure proper dental hygiene while keeping our teeth undamaged and healthy.

In the world of dentistry, the damage caused due to toothbrushes are known as “toothbrush abrasion”. The most common cause of toothbrush abrasion is the fact that people tend to apply excess force while brushing their teeth and using super hard toothbrushes. They usually do it due to their overenthusiastic nature of ensuring their teeth stays extra-clean, but unfortunately cause damage to their teeth in their pursuit of gaining a higher degree of oral cleanliness.

Unlike other dental problems, the main reason for the cause of toothbrush damage, is, to a major extent, thoughts. People tend to overthink about brushing in the proper manner and thus in order to overcompensate for the supposed negligence for their oral health, they start brushing vigorously. They also think that the build-up in the teeth, called plaque, is a hard material and would need a lot of force to be removed, though, in reality, plaque is a soft material which requires proper technique more than great force. Usage of improper toothbrush and toothpaste can also affect and speed up the damage.

Toothbrush abrasion affects the teeth and the gums and the first stage of damage which occurs due to it involves the development of a small gap or spacing between the gums and the tooth which becomes sensitive and gives a stinging sensation when touched. As time passes, this spacing increases and finally results in a notch shaped structure at the gum margin with the root of the tooth visible. This area is more susceptible to infections and germ attacks, which in turn leads to more dental ailments.

The solution to toothbrush damage is multi-pronged and involves both a change of your toothpaste as well as psychology change. While the former can be easy and involves the use of toothbrushes with soft bristles to combat the problem, the change in mind-set can be pretty tough depending on the person. A dentist can also help in inculcating proper brushing methods and ways to ensure better oral hygiene without damaging the tooth in addition to reverse the damage caused due to toothbrush damage. Modern toothbrushes can also help you regulate the forces applied during brushing with the help of indicators which glow in case of excess force application.

Williams family and cosmetic dentistry are equipped to help their patients deal with toothbrush damage as well as other teeth ailments. Their team strive to give their patients the best smiles by ensuring a holistic approach to dental treatment.

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