Keep A Check On Toothbrush Abrasion

toothbrush 2Too much of anything can have devastating results. This rule of thumb holds true for brushing your teeth as well. Overzealous brushing of teeth can damage the bristles of the toothbrush and result in a condition called toothbrush abrasion.

Those who have had a previous traumatic experience due to dental pain or dental treatments tend to brush their teeth vigorously thinking that this will keep dental problems at bay. This is the wrong idea as one needs to understand the simple concept of dental problems. Plaque is the source of almost every dental or gum problem. It is a soft film that covers the oral surfaces and is composed of oral bacteria, sugars and proteins. This soft layer takes about 12 hours to form. Hence, dentists recommend to brush twice daily. Plaque can be removed easily with optimum force application and excessive forces are absolutely unnecessary and harmful.

Effects of toothbrush abrasion

  1. First of all, hard or vigorous brushing causes hardening and uneven breaking of the bristles of your toothbrush. Hence, the life of a toothbrush is shortened. When this happens, your toothbrush should go to the trash can. Unfortunately, people fail to get rid of it and over time it causes further harm to the oral tissues.
  2. Toothbrush abrasion starts with a small ledge formation on the tooth surface at the edge of the gums. You can feel it with your fingernail. In some cases, the person experiences sensitivity when the ledge is touched. This ledge marks the area where the enamel layer has been worn out from aggressive tooth-brushing.
  3. Slowly the small ledge deepens and widens and assumes a V shape wedge.
  4. The gums start receding as they are being rubbed hard on a daily basis. This process leads to an increase in tooth sensitivity as the roots of the teeth get exposed.

The best way to deal with this problem is by changing the method of brushing your teeth.

  • Use a toothbrush with soft or ultra-soft bristles.
  • Use electric toothbrushes that have built in sensor that assesses the pressure applied while brushing. Excess pressure is indicated by a light or sound. Some modern electric toothbrushes do not work when excessive force is applied.
  • Use any normal toothpaste instead of whitening toothpastes as the latter are loaded with abrasive particles. A toothbrush dipped in fluoride mouthwashes are also an excellent alternative to the conventional brushing technique.
  • Modify the strokes you use for brushing your teeth. Move your toothbrush in an up and down motion. Strictly avoid horizontal left-right strokes.

These simple techniques can protect your teeth from toothbrush abrasion and help you maintain your teeth and gums in a healthy state.

Will my gums grow back?

will my gums grow backIf you have ever been told by your dentist that you have receding gums and periodontal disease, you may be asking “will my gums grow back?” There are many treatment options available that can stop your gums from receding and prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

A dental professional can diagnose periodontal disease by measuring the pockets in the mouth.  The pockets are basically the holes that your teeth are in.  A healthy pocket depth is between 2 to 3 millimeters.  Gums attach to the bones, but if these tarter filled pockets are ignored and left untreated, they get bigger and separate the gums from the tooth.  As the bone retracts back, the gums follow and this is what creates receding gums.

In order to treat this condition, a deep cleaning is performed by a dentist.  They will remove the tarter from the pockets and treat them with antibiotics. The gums will become healthier, but since the bone doesn’t grow back, the gums don’t grow back either.

So the answer to the question “will my gums grow back?” is, “No”. But the periodontal treatment stops the progression of the disease so by maintaining regular periodontal maintenance, the bone loss and gum recession will not continue.

Be sure to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist every six months in order to take preventative measures for periodontal disease. It will save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run.

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More Information About Gum Disease

gum diseaseHave you ever been to the dentist for a routine cleaning and heard your dentist call out a number while examining your mouth? Many people have, and have wondered what this number actually means. Turns out, these numbers stand for the depth of the pockets in the gums and help to determine gum disease.

Higher numbers indicate that the gums have receded too far from the teeth due to infection. If the number is three or less, your teeth are healthy.  If it is higher than three, you probably have gum disease.

If you do have gum disease, your dentist will probably recommend a procedure that involves scaling and root planning.  This is when the dentist removes built up tarter and puts antibiotics in the pockets to fight off any bacteria. Another option for more severe cases of gum disease is gum surgery or laser treatments called LANAP.  You can read more about surgery and laser treatment here.

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Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Have you ever heard about periodontal plastic surgery?  Your gums are what protect your teeth from disease and help to hold your teeth in place.  But some people don’t like the way their gums and teeth look.  There are some procedures that can be done surgically to remedy these issues.

Gum tissue loss20945534-beauty-portrait-portrait-of-cute-happy-young-brunette-girl-isolated, or gum recession, can cause tooth sensitivity and can cause the teeth to look too long. Soft tissue (gum) grafts can be designed to cover exposed roots which will make your teeth less sensitive, and reduce the possibility of root cavities.  It will also make your smile look longer.

If you have the opposite problem, the gum line appears to be creeping down over the teeth, making them appear shorter, crown lengthening can correct this. This is done by re-contouring your gums to the proper height and leave you with a more attractive smile.

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Using Lasers To Treat Periodontal Disease

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, periodontal disease begins to show up in adults around their 30s and 40s. If you are a dental professional, you clean all types of diseased teeth and gums.  Is your practice using lasers to treat periodontal disease?19372667-dental-care-for-a-kid-close-up

Laser assisted new attachment procedure, aka LANAP, uses lasers to vaporize and remove the diseased tissue from the mouth. The laser’s heat strips away the diseased gum and then to heat the area until a clot is formed, cauterizing the wound. The two main gum diseases that are treated with LANAP are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is inflammation and bleeding of the gums from the buildup of plaque.  This leads to periodontitis, which causes the gums and bone structure to deteriorate.

Besides gingivitis and periodontitis, many dentists nowadays are also using lasers just to remove plaque and tarter form their patients’ teeth.  They can also be sued to remove tooth decay within a tooth and prepare the enamel for fillings. Many dentists also use lasers for teeth whitening.

Some advantages of using lasers are that they eliminate bleeding of the gums immediately.  They seal deep periodontal pockets. Lasers eliminate cutting the gums, soreness and other discomfort. And they reduce or eliminate loose teeth and generate bone and ligament tissue.  It also helps to reduce anxiety in patients who are uncomfortable with the dental drill.

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