Exceptional Smiles Blog
September 20, 2021
Like most people, your parents or dentist may have told you to brush your teeth no less than twice per day for 2 minutes each time. However, if you had the misfortune of needing braces or other orthodontic devices, your dentist might have advised you to brush after every sugary drink and after every meal. You may even be the type of person that is sensitive to the feeling of ‘gunk’ on your teeth and has chosen to brush more than the recommended amount.
There is information out there that suggests brushing too often can be damaging to your teeth. Some people even recommend limiting your brushing to once a day. So, what is the correct answer? While we encourage you to discuss your oral routine with your dentist, we want to clarify this topic a bit.
Invest in the Right Tools for Oral Health
Tooth damage typically happens because of using the wrong tools or techniques. If you have your toothbrush handy, check the hardness of your bristles. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a manual or powered soft-bristled toothbrush. If you cannot remember what level of softness your toothbrush is, this is an excellent opportunity to buy a new one. When shopping for a toothbrush, recognize that they are not all created equal. Splurging on a professional-grade or dentist-recommended toothbrush will not only increase the longevity of your toothbrush’s life, but it will also increase the quality of your brushing!
Dentists suggest replacing your brush every 3 to 4 months, as bristles will begin to wear, fray, and become jagged. An old toothbrush, even a soft-bristled one, can cause damage to your teeth and gums. When not using your toothbrush, placing it upright in a clean container will allow the bristles to air dry. Leaving it in a moist or airtight container can allow bacteria to grow, leading to gum infections or illness. It is also important not to share your toothbrush with anyone, even a household family member.
The ADA also suggests using fluoride toothpaste to decrease the instances of cavities and tooth decay. Most toothpaste brands have fluoride, but you can always double-check the ingredients when you are at your local pharmacy or drugstore. Your dentist may be able to recommend one as well.
Quality of the Brushing
The saying “quality over quantity” is true when it comes to your dental hygiene. Having a healthy mouth comes down to how well you brush and not necessarily how often. Dental professionals still recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, but that won’t matter if you don’t use the proper technique at the sink.
Dentists recommend starting your toothbrushing routine at the gumline. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush in short strokes with gentle pressure or small circles. The important thing is to make sure the bristles touch every part of each tooth. Pressing too hard can cause the enamel to come off and the teeth to become damaged. It also shortens the life of your toothbrush!
So, can you brush your teeth too much? When everything is said and done, it comes down to what your dentist recommends for your dental plan. While brushing more than two times each day is not necessarily the worst choice in oral hygiene, there may be circumstances when it will do more harm than good. Remember, it’s all about how you brush and not how often.
July 28, 2021
Dental health plays a huge role in our overall well-being. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups help keep the bacteria in our mouths in balance and our mouths clean and healthy. When bad oral bacteria builds, fueled by leftover food particles and sugar on our teeth, it causes the disruption of the healthy stasis in our mouths that is required to protect our teeth.
As tooth decay progresses, there are signs and symptoms that we can see, feel, smell and even taste. Look for symptoms of tooth decay regularly to keep your oral health in tip-top shape.
June 1, 2021
If you experience bleeding gums on occasion, it’s probably nothing serious to worry about. Sporadic, bleeding gums could be the result of something as simple as a small abrasion from food. If you maintain a healthy dental routine that includes routine brushing and flossing, but still have gums that bleed regularly, there may be a deeper reason for the problem.
Maintaining a balanced diet is vital to ensure that your body receives the vitamins and nutrients required for optimal performance. If you’re experiencing bleeding gums, you may be surprised to learn that a vitamin deficiency may be the source of your problems—specifically vitamin C.
March 31, 2021
Now that wearing masks is the new normal, have you noticed a difference in the way your breath smells? More to the point, maybe you’ve realized that your breath is far from fresh now that you’re constantly smelling it!
Bad breath, known as Halitosis, is caused by a decrease in saliva production. However, what you’re experiencing might come from a different culprit.
November 24, 2020
You have many reasons to be grateful this holiday season, especially if you have dental implants as a tooth replacement option. With so many benefits, it is no wonder that this permanent restoration is becoming so popular. Since it’s just about the time of year when we think about the things that we are grateful for, your dentist is sharing some reasons why you should be thankful for your dental implants.
August 26, 2020
Are you curious about what your life will be like once your dental implant surgery is finished? You may have heard a lot about dental implants, but if you’re like most, you’re probably wondering about what you can expect after your surgery. That’s why your dentist has included the answers to the five most frequently asked post-op questions about dental implants. Read on to satisfy your curiosity!
June 17, 2020
With summer just around the corner, many of us are reaching for our favorite beverages to quench our thirst. You probably know that consuming too many sugary sodas leads to cavities. However, you’re not doing your teeth any favors by choosing energy or sports drinks instead! Your Colorado Springs dentist explains how these popular beverages can permanently damage your smile and what you can do about it.
May 30, 2020
Dentists have opened up their practices again and are now scheduling appointments for new and existing patients. The primary difference is that they’re putting dozens of new COVID-19 safety protocols into place to ensure that patients and staff stay safe by limiting the spread of any droplets. One important practice that they’re implementing is having you rinse your mouth before your treatment begins. Read on to learn why this is so important and how it impacts the spread of COVID-19. Read More
March 3, 2020
Although you might never expect it to happen to you, dental emergencies are quite common. In fact, research reveals 1 in 6 Americans faces one annually. While there’s never a good time for an emergency to occur, if you have a sudden oral health problem during the COVID-19 crisis, it can be especially alarming because many dental offices are closed. Where do you go? Who do you turn to for help? Don’t worry, here are 5 simple tips to find an emergency dentist to save your tooth.
January 3, 2020
About one-third of Americans haven’t visited their dentist in the last year, according to the American Dental Association. If you’re part of the majority who haven’t, you’re missing out on all kinds of services that your dentist in Colorado Springs provides. Not to mention, you’re missing out on all your recently reset insurance benefits! Let’s take a moment to learn why 2020 is the perfect time to get that new beautiful smile you’ve been wanting.