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Brushing Technique: Soft, Medium, or Hard?

Posted on 9/5/2022 by Dr. Sebastien Murphy
Brushing Technique: Soft, Medium, or Hard?I'm sure you have realized by now that brushing is a huge part of the oral cavity's health. It's what removes food debris from the surface of the tooth and from between teeth. If we don't brush, the bacteria can grow to toxic levels and begin to attack the soft tissues of the gums as well as the hard tissues of the teeth. When this happens, it can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Most people focus on brushing their teeth and their teeth only. While it is important to brush them, it is even more so to brush the gums. That's right. Think about it. Without gums, where would the teeth be? Probably under your pillow waiting on the tooth fairy. Gums are the supportive structure that holds teeth in place.

Properly Brushing Your Teeth

When brushing gums, it is important to not brush too hard. While the brushing motion against the gums increases blood flow to keep them healthy and pink, brushing too hard can actually cause considerable damage. That is why it is important to not use a toothbrush with medium or hard bristles. While you might think you are able to do a better job brushing with one of those brushes, it is too easy to damage your gums using them. It is important to always use a soft bristle brush. This provides all the benefits of brushing while limiting the chances of causing damage. It is also important to brush in circular motions not up and down. That is the same motion an electric toothbrush employs because it is so effective.

In Conclusion

Brushing is so important to your oral cavity, but the brushing technique is even more so. Brushing too hard can cause damage, while not brushing enough can lead to bacterial buildup and potential infection. There is a balance to it. Find your balance and get to brushing.
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