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Alabama Family Dentistry | Are You Brush-Rushing?

Are You Brush-Rushing?

Are You Brush-Rushing?

Posted by Alabama Family Dentistry in Preventive Dental Care 30 May 2013

A couple brushing teeth Everyone seems to be rushing these days. Mornings can really seem to be a challenge. Getting showered, dressed, grabbing something to eat and you have to brush your teeth. This is where you can develop a really bad habit of brushing really fast and brushing too hard. Both can have detrimental and long lasting effect on your gums and teeth. To add to the problem, once you start rush brushing in the morning, it develops into a habit that you end up doing every time you brush your teeth.

After years of aggressive tooth brushing and brushing the wrong way, gums can recede, and the enamel on your teeth can wear away. This is a very common condition that all the dentists at Alabama Family Dentists see daily. Most of the patients are not even aware that they have gum recession because it does occur gradually. One of the first signs of gum recession is tooth sensitivity, or some of your teeth may appear to look longer. Another sign is to feel a notch in the tooth close to the gum line.

Clearly, you do not want to develop receding gums, and there are things you can do. For one, even if you’re in a rush, take a deep breath before plowing into those teeth. Use gentle brushing motions, up and down over each tooth. Use only a soft bristle tooth brush. If you think the damage is already done, make an appointment with one of the dentists at Alabama Family Dentists. There are treatments they can suggest to repair the gum, and avoid further damage.

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