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Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

What Happens to Your Teeth if You Brush Too Long?

Posted on 6/30/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
What Happens to Your Teeth if You Brush Too Long?Many people enjoy the way their mouth feel after they've brushed their teeth. This mistakenly leads them to believe that the more they brush, the better it'll be for their mouths. Unfortunately, this is incorrect. In fact, if you brush your teeth too often or for too long, you can cause some problems in your mouth.

Tooth Abrasion

Abrasion occurs when you lose tooth enamel and cementum (the material responsible for covering the roots of your tooth) if you brush too hard. This is especially true in areas where your tooth and its root meet.

Receding Gums

Your gums may start to recede, causing the soft cementum on your tooth's roots to become exposed. This makes them more vulnerable to enamel decay too. Once your cementum becomes soft, it's easily worn away. When this happens, you will develop issues of pain and sensitivity.

Unfortunately, once this starts to happen your gums will never return to their original state. Sometimes you may even need to undergo periodontal surgery.

Sensitive Teeth

Brushing your teeth too much can also wear out the enamel layer of your teeth. Whether this is caused by erosion or abrasion, the nerve endings that are found in your dentin layer will become exposed. Even if they only get really close to your mouth's surface, it's enough to cause you to have problems with sensitivity when you drink or eat foods that are either too hot or too cold.

In particularly severe cases, touching or brushing your teeth will make you feel uncomfortable. It's also true that cold air can make you feel the same way.

Since you don't want to experience any of these issues, it's important for you to learn how to properly brush your teeth without overdoing it. You'll also want to make sure you use the correct products when doing so.

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