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Back and Forth or Up and Down?

Improper brushing techniques can lead to many long term problems including gingivitis, dental caries, gum recession, and sensitive teeth due to loss of enamel. None of these issues are any fun, but practicing good brushing techniques now can significantly improve your dental health.

If you have sensitive teeth, the best thing to do is to brush less rigorously in an up and down circular motion away from the gums. Many people brush very hard back and forth causing the teeth to heat up and become more sensitive. It may help to use a toothpaste designed specifically for people with sensitive teeth. Your doctor may prescribe a special rinse if you are in a lot of pain or discomfort.

When you need a brush-up lesson on how to brush, you can turn to YouTube for instructional videos, or ask us at your next appointment what the best techniques are for taking care of those pearly whites. This is especially important when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, as it can be more difficult to keep the teeth free of food particles that cause tartar and plaque build up.