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Brushing techniques, the harder I brush the better?

There are many brushing techniques, they depend mainly on the needs and conditions of each patient, the most frequently recommended technique is the Modified Bass technique, a technique that covers all tooth surfaces, and at the same time lightly massages the gums, protecting them. and taking care not only of dental health but also of periodontal health (of the supporting tissues of the tooth, in this case, the gum), this technique is explained after the cleaning or assessment.


Many times patients with a lot of tooth sensitivity come to the consultation; many of these patients do not have cavities, or they have very small cavities that cannot cause sensitivity since they are very far from the dental pulp or “nerve.” So, why is the sensitivity? It is often due to wrong, very aggressive brushing techniques, with horizontal movements (from front to back and vice versa) that wear down the neck of the teeth, which is the part of the teeth that is closest to the teeth. to the gum, and cause the gum to recede, even exposing part of the root.


These wear are difficult to cover with restorative materials since they are not very retentive surfaces, and if the brushing technique is not corrected, if the tooth enamel, which is the strongest tissue in the human body, has been worn away, it will not take long to dislodge it. or “detach” the restoration that has been used to rehabilitate the area. Brush very vigorously, with medium or hard bristle brushes, use very abrasive toothpastes (as “whitening” toothpastes or activated charcoal toothpastes tend to be, in another article we explain the disadvantages of the latter) instead To clean better or maintain better oral health, they do the opposite, damaging dental and gingival tissues, and in some cases they can lead to premature tooth loss or the need for reconstructive periodontal surgery.


Ask your trusted dentist what is the ideal brush for you, what paste to use, how to use it, for how long, as well as rinses, interdental brushes, dental floss, etc. More than strength, it is the technique, the type of brush, and the complementary materials to maintain oral health.


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