Plaque is a soft, sticky film that sits on the teeth after we consume a meal. In fact, dental plaque is so soft, that it doesn’t require vigorous brushing to be cleansed away. If you’ve ever heard that too much of a good thing is bad for you, the same rule applies when brushing your teeth. Those who tend to “over-brush” or use excessive force while brushing, are likely to end up with sensitive teeth and gums. Dr. Fredrick Shaw encourages patients to take his or her time while brushing the teeth and most importantly, be gentle.
Toothbrush abrasion affects both the teeth and gums and is more likely to occur from brushing too hard, instead of not brushing enough. This is because vigorous brushing can wear down the enamel on the teeth and cause gums to recede. The solution to this problem is changing your toothbrush to one with soft bristles and brushing the teeth with care. You will not achieve any benefits from brushing too hard so don’t be afraid to take your time.
If you have questions or concerns about dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about our sedation options and all the services we provide at the practice, visit FredrickShawDDS.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.