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Health

Complete Comfort Dental: Power up for better brushing

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Brushing your teeth can be broken down into two simple tenets: power up, and don’t push it.

Both have to do with how you brush and what kind of toothbrush you use. When you brush, you are also brushing your gums. Gums don’t need any help getting damaged, especially for people who do not brush regularly.

Because some people don’t, “we usually try to steer people” to electric toothbrushes because the circular and/or up-down actions are faster than the tedious hand-wrist motion with a manual toothbrush, said Dr. Eric Salud, lead dentist at Complete Comfort Dental in Channahon.

An electric toothbrush “cleans the teeth more efficiently” and “applies the right pressure to the teeth and gums,” he said.

But don’t push it. Soft brushing is better than trying to grind off stains by pressing hard. An electric toothbrush should be allowed to just ride over the teeth.

“Let the toothbrush do the work,” Dr. Salud said.

The effect of pushing or pressing is similar to not brushing. The longer bacteria and tartar are on teeth, the more likely inflammation (gingivitis) will set in. Just like hard brushing, gingivitis makes the gums red, swollen and easy to bleed. Untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, an infection below the gum line that can break down the bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.

Your dentist can tell whether a problem is developing. They can also explain how to brush properly, a good defense if you have the right tool.

Dr. Salud also said a toothbrush with a tongue scraper might also help reduce bacteria. That bacteria is also a source of bad breath.

Your dentist can tell whether a problem is developing. They can also explain how to brush properly, a good defense if you have the right tool.

Complete Comfort Dental

25445 S. Pheasant Lane, Suite I, Channahon, IL., 60410               

Call (815) 828-5355, or visit www.completecomfortdental.com.