Perhaps one of the biggest toothbrush mistakes you can make is not using one! For optimum oral health, the American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day. Aside from not brushing at all or not enough, are there other toothbrush mishaps to watch out for? As it turns out, there are—but they’re also easily remedied.
We all know that being poked and prodded for an hour isn’t a fun thing. As dentists, we do all we can to increase the comfort of this experience (and we’ve come a very long way in a short amount of time), but somethings can’t be helped. If you’ve ever walked away from a dental cleaning with sore and tender gums, then you know that it’s not the nicest thing in the world. There IS a practical reason to why your gums are sore after a cleaning, however, and it’s not because we dentists like to make people suffer. Most of the time your bleeding gums mean one thing, someone hasn’t regularly been flossing.
If you’ve ever suffered from an impacted Wisdom tooth, you know that it’s something that you want to avoid at all costs. In fact, a lot of experts will recommend early wisdom tooth removal over emergency extractions. Even so, it’s possible and in some cases even likely that you might have symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth before a removal can be recommended. If that happens, you need to know what to look for and how to react!
When you think of the unpleasant things that happen at a dental cleaning, one of the biggest things that comes to mind is bleeding gums. After all the poking and prodding is over there is the inevitable rinse cycle, which for some can look like a bloodbath. These same people might even have the occasional bloody spit after brushing their teeth. This is more common than it needs to be, and can often be fixed by changing a few simple habits in your brushing and flossing.