“Abrasions may occur on the teeth from time to time. These abrasions, which also threaten oral health, are caused by the mistakes we make without realizing it. Dentist Denizhan Uzunpınar explained the reasons for the abrasions in the teeth.”
Tooth brushing methods
It is valuable to brush each tooth surface evenly with a circular motion.
Tooth brushing force
In order to avoid sensitive areas, especially in the gingiva area, the teeth should not be brushed by applying high force. Studies have shown that an increase in brushing strength does not have a positive effect on cleaning teeth.
Time spent brushing teeth
During brushing, all teeth should be brushed equally. The canine teeth, which are located in the corner of the dental arch, are the teeth that are brushed the longest and therefore the most worn.
Tooth brushing frequency
Studies have shown that the frequency of tooth brushing and the contact time between the tooth and the brush affect the degree of wear. It is thought that brushing more than 2 times a day may be effective in the wear of the teeth. It can be said that the reason for the occurrence of deep abrasion lesions in elderly individuals with proper oral hygiene is related to the frequency of brushing.
The area where brushing is started and the positions of the teeth
The reason why the lesions tend to be seen more on the left side of the mouth is that right-handed people are dominant in the society. Right-handed people naturally start the brushing process from the left side of the mouth. Studies have shown that the condition of the teeth in the dental arch is related to wear, if the teeth are located in front of the arch, they are more exposed to trauma and wear.
Form and bristle hardness of the toothbrush
Toothbrushes can show numerous variations depending on the type of material the bristles are made of, their hardness, size and placement on the brush head. The bristles of toothbrushes are classified as soft, medium hard and hard. In newly developed toothbrushes, the bristles are combined in different forms in terms of size and placement. The interaction between the bristles and toothpaste is also very valuable. A hard brush is more abrasive when used with a standard paste than a soft one. Using the toothbrushes recommended by your dentist according to your oral condition is valuable in preventing tooth wear in the long run.
The abrasive nature of toothpastes
The abrasives in toothpastes are valuable in removing the bacterial plaque from the teeth in a fast and active form, as well as in removing the discoloration of the teeth. In addition, the use of toothpaste significantly reduces the brushing time due to its cleaning effect. However, it should not be forgotten that excessive use of paste may cause loss of teeth due to these abrasives. However, toothpaste can cause further wear before it can be softened with water or mouthwashes.