Did You Know that if the Bristles of Your Toothbrush Bend You’re Brushing Too Hard?

Yes with zeal, these days, people are brushing their teeth. The great strides made in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible to have teeth that look almost perfect and at a price that doesn’t cost so much that you qualify for a medical deduction.

Toothpaste manufacturers have joined this revolution with their own contribution.

The whitening toothpastes they produce help people get their teeth cleaner and whiter. Even some mouthwashes promise to whiten your teeth. But this zeal for white teeth presents a potential problem. Some people may start brushing harder or more frequently

What is Wrong with Brushing Harder?

Brushing your teeth is good, but brushing more frequently or harder can lead to a problem for you. While you usually exchange your toothbrush for a new one after three months, your vigorous brushing may actually dictate that you replace your toothbrush more frequently. If you don’t want to replace your toothbrush more frequently then you must have a way to determine if you are brushing too vigorously.

How Can You Tell if You’re Brushing Too Hard?

To determine if you are brushing too hard you will have to brush your teeth where there is a mirror. While you are brushing, watch the bristles on your toothbrush. The bristles should stay straight because the objective is to gently rub the bacteria and debris from the surface of your teeth.

If you are putting too much pressure on your toothbrush, and consequently your teeth, your toothbrush bristles will bend. If your toothbrush bristles bend, you are brushing too hard.

If you are brushing hard to get your teeth cleaner or whiter faster, stop. Brushing harder doesn’t make your teeth cleaner. In fact, it can damage your teeth. As for getting your teeth whiter, that is a process that happens over time. The more diligent you are in brushing, flossing and avoiding substances like tea, coffee and tobacco products, your teeth will eventually get as white as they can.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about brushing your teeth too hard.

Can a Cavity Be Left Without a Filling?

Typically, when a tooth develops a cavity, the dentist removes the decay and replaces it with a filling. But does that tooth need to have a filling in it? Most of the time, the answer is yes.

The only way to keep the tooth’s integrity in place is by putting a filling where dense tooth once was. However, there are occasional circumstances where a filling really isn’t necessary.

When Your Tooth May Not Require a Filling

Some cavities are very easy to spot at a very early stage. This means the dentist was able to see the spot of decay on your tooth as it was just starting to form, and rid your mouth of the decaying tissue. If the resulting hole in your tooth is quite small, you may not need a filling. Teeth do regenerate to some degree, much like a broken bone.

It will fill back in some of the area on its own, provided that area is kept clean and doesn’t begin to decay again. If you were incredibly lucky and found your cavity when it was just beginning to cause damage, you may also be lucky enough to be able to avoid the subsequent filling.

Talk to your dentist about their filling policies at your next appointment. They may have a minimum size in order to put a filling in, or your dentist may believe that all cavities should be filled. They will be able to explain to you what they normally do, and why.

You can also find out at that time if there are any exceptions, and see if you have any cavities that fit into those exceptions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions by contacting our office today. They like you knowing about your care, and welcome all the questions you may have.

Brushing Before Consuming Acidic Foods Can Help Protect Your Teeth

If you take the time to brush your teeth prior to eating or drinking anything acidic, you may be helping to protect your teeth. Many people think that the only good time to brush their teeth is right after eating. However, this is a myth.

For example, if you were to brush right after completing an acidic meal, you could harm your teeth irreparably.

Instead, you should wait 30-60 minutes to help buffer the acids and neutralize them. However, in this particular case, brushing before could significantly help your teeth.

Why You Want to Brush Before Acids

Acids can do a lot of damage to your mouth, especially your teeth. If you leave those acids right up against your teeth, they are very happy feasting on your tooth’s enamel. The bacteria in your mouth add to the acid, and further the damage to your teeth. However, if you brush your teeth prior to eating an acidic meal, you are sparing your mouth some damage.

By brushing before you drink or eat something highly acidic, your mouth is better able to protect itself. First, the bacteria in your mouth that would add to the acid, are gone because you just brushed them away. Second, the acids won’t have any debris on your teeth to cling to, reducing the damage the acids can do. Finally, your mouth will have more saliva in it, which will help to neutralize the acid faster.

By brushing your teeth prior to consuming acidic foods and beverages, you are able to keep your teeth healthier and stronger. The more you can do to protect your teeth from acid, the longer your teeth are going to be able to last.

Contact us about how much damage your mouth has already endured due to acids, and find out what they would recommend you do to correct the damage.

Do You Need to Repair a Tooth Crack?

A lot of people live with minor tooth cracks all the time. They don’t think twice about them, and the cracks aren’t doing anything to impede their lives. However, not all dental cracks are something that can be safely ignored. Minor hairline cracks don’t necessarily need anything than an eye kept on them. It is when you get to the bigger cracks that you need to have them treated in order to preserve the integrity of your tooth, and protect your mouth.

The Danger of Leaving a Larger Crack Untreated

A larger crack typically goes through much more of the tooth than a superficial layer. It may or it may not be painful. No matter which scenario you find yourself in, it is still important to get it looked at by a dentist. If you get the cracked tooth treated right away, you have a much better chance of the tooth being salvageable. If you leave the tooth alone and wait, the tooth could end up damaged beyond repair.

When you bite down, during normal chewing or bruxism, you put pressure on your teeth. This pressure can intensify a crack and cause it to grow. This can make the crack quickly progress from something you need not worry about, into something that exposes the nerve inside your tooth. This also allows debris to work its way into the crack, potentially damaging your tooth and increasing the chances of decay in that tooth.

If you have a crack in your tooth, then do whatever you can to ensure that your tooth is checked on regularly by your dentist. If it starts to grow, then it is important to have the tooth treated to keep it safe and stop the crack from getting worse.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about tooth cracks.

Do You Need a Tongue Cleaner?

Should you be getting yourself a tongue cleaner? Some people aren’t even aware that you can buy those nifty little contraptions. While you should be brushing your tongue thoroughly each time you brush, sometimes that just isn’t enough. If you notice that your tongue still tastes bad, or your bad breath doesn’t go away, you may want to take a few dollars and invest in a tongue cleaner.

What a Tongue Cleaner Does

Typically, when you get a tongue cleaner, you are getting a small, curved device with a handle. The device has rubber rows on it, which get dragged across your tongue. The rubber agitates the bacteria left on your tongue, and lift them up so that you can spit them out.

Once you are done, you should rinse your mouth first with water, then with a mouthwash that can help to kill off any remaining bacteria that didn’t get lifted up by the tongue cleaner.

When bacteria get left on your tongue, it can lead to a whole host of problems. You can get bad breath, increased number of cavities, and you can also have gum disease start spreading around your mouth. When you remove the bacteria growing on your tongue, you reduce your risks for all of these problems, and your entire overall oral health increases.

The next time you are sitting in your dentist’s chair, talk to them about the importance of cleaning your tongue. If your oral health is very good, brushing may be all you need to do to keep the bacteria on your tongue in check. However, if your oral health is mediocre or less, you may want to get a tongue cleaner so that you can get your tongue more deeply cleaned and get more of the problematic bacteria out of your mouth.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about how a tongue cleaner affects your oral health.