When you finish brushing in the morning, do your gums feel irritated? Do your teeth feel extra sensitive as you go to drink coffee or orange juice afterwards? According to your dentist, the act of brushing harder doesn’t bring any benefit. In fact, you can do significant damage to your mouth if you apply too much force.
After brushing incorrectly for long enough, you may need to consider soft tissue grafting in Allen. Here’s how to brush properly.
The Effects of Brushing Too Hard
According to your dentist, many patients believe that brushing harder will give them a more thorough cleaning and remove more plaque. However, brushing with too much force is known as “toothbrush abrasion” and it can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and receding gums. When they recede, it wears away gum tissue from the tooth’s root, creating gaps or pockets between teeth. These areas are perfect for bacteria to breed in, leaving you more prone to oral infections.
When left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures will become damaged and cause periodontal disease. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Ironically, patients who think they’re taking better care of their mouth by using more force are actually putting themselves at higher risk of dental disease.
How to Brush Properly
The truth is dental plaque doesn’t require much force to remove. Only a dentist can remove calcified plaque known as tartar, so brushing harder at home isn’t a viable solution anyway. To exemplify how much force is needed, hold your brush with only your thumb and forefinger when brushing. Once you understand how much force is needed, you can go back to holding the brush with your entire hand.
If this doesn’t help, consider switching to a brush with softer bristles. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can easily wear down enamel and cause gums to recede. Use short, controlled back and forth strokes and a light scrubbing motion to remove bacteria. Don’t scrub uncontrollably, as this will make your gums sore and bleed afterwards.
How Soft Tissue Grafting in Allen Can Help
If the damage has already been done, you may need to pursue soft tissue grafting. This treatment helps you build up your gum tissue back to its original form. To accomplish this, your dentist will “graft” or place a small portion of tissue from the roof of your mouth in the area where it’s needed most. She can also use donated tissue to restore your gums.
The procedure is done entirely under local anesthesia, so you don’t have to worry about feeling comfortable during. Once a week has passed and the area has healed, you’ll have your smile back to normal!
If you have gum recession in Allen, soft tissue grafting just may be the solution you’ve been looking for! Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to learn more!
About the Author
Dr. Fatima Robertson earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the dental school at the University of Missouri-Kansas. Three years later, she went back to school to complete an advanced education program in periodontics. To learn more about her practice, contact her through her website.