Brushing Too Hard? Or Something Else?

You may wonder about symptoms that are occurring and that are affecting your smile. Part of you figures that you’re probably just brushing too hard and you think that if you just brush gentler and floss more gently, as well, that addressing your overly aggressive dental hygiene issue will make things better. On the other hand, you know that many symptoms occur as the result of a variety of possible causes, so you’ve been wondering: Is it just your brushing? Or, might it be something else? Our Auburn Hills, MI team will be happy to answer that question when you come in for a visit. For now…

When Your Gums Are Bleeding

If your gums are bleeding, it is absolutely possible that you’re irritating them with overly aggressive dental hygiene. Either very forceful brushing or flossing can end up causing you to see a bit of blood. However, as you may already know, there are other issues that may be to blame and that you don’t want to overlook. For example, you may be dealing with gingivitis or more advanced gum disease, which will generally include puffy, bleeding gums. When you recognize this symptom, it is always in your best interest to visit us at our practice for a checkup.

When Your Arm Or Wrist Is Sore

If your arm or wrist is sore from brushing your teeth, then you might be rushing through your dental hygiene sessions or you may simply be brushing far too hard, whether you’re rushing or not. However, remember that there may be other things going on. First, you may need to find a toothbrush that is easier to hold! One with a too-slim handle, for instance, may be too difficult to hold. Or, you may have injured your wrist (which should be checked by a doctor). It’s also possible that you are tensing up as you brush, which means it’s time to learn to just hold the brush gently as you brush gently! Have questions? Let us know!

When We Discover Enamel Erosion

When you come in for your twice-annual checkup and cleaning with us to keep your smile healthy, if we discover enamel erosion, it’s possible that it is caused by excessive brushing. When you use too much force, over time, you’ll strip away some of your tooth’s outer coating. With that said, there are other types of erosion. Acid erosion, for instance, happens when you are consuming too many acidic foods or you’re not keeping your smile clean. Checking in with us for particulars can help you figure out what’s going on and we can offer advice, so you are no longer headed down a road toward what will include a need for restorative care.

Learn Better Hygiene Methods From Us

When you worry that you’re brushing far too aggressively or you’re simply not sure about your dental hygiene, remember that you can visit us. Come in for a checkup, during which we will offer you lots of helpful details! To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.