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4 Dental Truths for a Sparkling Smile

The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, and Nothing But the Tooth and Surprising Truths

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  • | 3:19 p.m. June 12, 2024
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Dental hygienists have seen and heard it all from patients and their teeth. We asked them to talk teeth and share some surprising truths to answer your most common questions.

Can I overbrush my teeth?
Yes! You should brush your teeth in a circular motion that covers some area of the gums and all of the exposed tooth surface. Brushing in an aggressive back and forth can lead to recession and sensitivity over the years. It’s like taking sandpaper to your gums for a lifetime!

Do I need to floss every day? Does it matter if I use a waterpik, traditional floss or plackers?
Yes, you really do. Food turns into bacteria in the mouth and then hides down in the gums, but flossing removes what’s left after brushing and prevents infection and gum disease from starting. A waterpik is good to use for those with moderate dental work from crowns and bridges or removable dentures but get the portable kind because these make a mess. However, pass on the plackers! They are traditionally used only to remove food debris from in-between the teeth and not down into the gums where all the bacteria sit. Traditional floss is the best!

Are mouthwash products effective and should I use before or after brushing?
Yes, mouthwash is a must. New technology has allowed companies to add essential oils into the wash to aid with plaque removal/ plaque prevention. Use mouthwash always AFTER brushing. It aids in the prevention of plaque accumulation around the gumline, preventing gingivitis and further gum irritation.

Why do my gums bleed?
Your gums can bleed for several reasons, but the number one reason is bacterial infection. Poor hygiene, periodontal disease, vitamin deficiency, hormonal changes, certain medications, and smoking to name a few.

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