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Are You Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard?

Hannah Johnson - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Brushing your teeth twice a day is a vital part of keeping and maintaining clean and heathy teeth, but is there such a thing as brushing your teeth too hard?

Yes, it is possible to brush too hard and it can even lead to irreversible damage because if you brush your teeth too hard, then it is most likely that you are adding extra pressure on your teeth and gums.


Three signs you are brushing too hard:

1. The number one sign of brushing your teeth too hard is a receding gum line.

2. Your teeth have become more sensitive. When your gums recede and parts of your teeth are exposed that have been covered for a long time, your teeth are susceptible to sensitivity.

3. Your teeth are darker around your gums. The part of your tooth that is now exposed due to receding gums will appear darker than the rest of your tooth’s surface because of the underlying tooth root that is not protected by enamel.


Three ways you can prevent yourself from brushing too hard:

1. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Using medium to hard bristles will only assist to gum recession and cause even more damage.

2. Hold your toothbrush with just three fingers. A lighter grip will reduce the extra pressure on your toothbrush and have an overall benefit for your gums.

3. Consider switching to an electric toothbrush. When used correctly, electric toothbrushes are very effective way to prevent gum damage. The head of the toothbrush is meant to do all the work with your hand as a guide. Be careful of too much motion when using an electric toothbrush. The combination of the electric head and typical back and forth motions can wear gums away.


If you think your gums have receded or have gotten too sensitive, visit your dentist. And remember: you don’t need to press very hard with your toothbrush in order for a good teeth clean, rather it’s the motions you use that will ensure a good teeth cleaning.


Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Hannah Johnson - Friday, July 12, 2019

Statistics show that about 70% of adults, aged 35-44 years, living in the United States have at least one missing tooth due to accidents, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures. If you are currently experiencing a missing tooth, luckily there are two solutions to this problem: dentures and dental implants.



Dentures is a prosthetic device made to replace missing teeth. They are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues in your mouth. Although overall denture quality has improved over the years, they’re not suited for everyone. If the dentures are not secured with denture adhesive, the denture is likely to slip out of your mouth while eating or speaking. Partial dentures are another option, but could foster infection and decay in surrounding teeth if they are not fitted properly. With that being said, dentures may be the best option for you if your gums and jaw are weak and unhealthy.



On the other hand, dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. With proper dental hygiene, dental implants can last up to 20 years or more. This is often a popular choice for people who have one or two missing teeth, but can also be an alternative to dentures if you have several missing teeth. So, if you have healthy gums and a healthy jaw, dental implants may be the best option for you!



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