Two Dental Myths Busted!

July 26, 2013

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 7:56 pm


We are here to bust 2 common oral hygiene myths for all of you. These are things we think you should know!

1. Myth: The harder you brush, the better it is.

Truth: Brushing with medium or hard bristles, or brushing with heavy pressure can actually wear your gums away exposing your softer, not as strong root surfaces. Exposed root surfaces can cause sensitivity and are even more susceptible to decay. So, we recommend using a soft bristled brush and gentle pressure while brushing. Remember, it’s not about brushing harder, it’s about brushing longer. Two full minutes, twice daily will give you the best possible results.

2. Myth: When using toothpaste, apply a long strip of paste to cover the length of your brush. That’s what they do on the commercials, isn’t it?

Truth: If you read the directions on your tube of toothpaste, it instructs you to apply only a pea size amount of paste. This small amount is all it takes to effectively aid in cleaning your teeth. Using more than this can cause build up in your bristles. This build up hibernates dirty mouth bacteria and compromise the integrity of your bristles. So, stick to the directions and use only a pea size. You will even save money in the long run!

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