Toothbrush Abrasion

by Dr. James Springer 12. April 2013 12:04

Although aches and fatigue may be not-so-subtle reminders of wear and tear on our muscles, we may not be aware that one of the hardest substances in our body—our teeth –can become "worn out" as well.

Wear can occur in the enamel of the tooth crown and in the softer cementum that covers the tooth roots, which can be exposed by receding gums.  These exposed surfaces become more prone to decay.  One of the most common causes of abrasion is improper toothbrushing.  You can prevent toothbrush abrasion by remembering the THREE T'S:  Toothbrush, Technique… and Touch.

 

Use a toothbrush that has soft, polished bristles, as they are less likely to injure gum tissue.

 

Placed your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.  Move the brush from the gums to the top of the teeth .  Thus, upward on the bottom teeth and downward on the upper teeth.  Brush at least twice-daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss or interdental cleaners will help keep teeth clean between the teeth areas.

 

Successful brushing is to use a gentle touch.  Scrubbing may get teeth clean and faster but more damage will quickly occur and difficult to correct by the dentist.  EASY DOES IT!

 

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