Ever hear of having too much of a good thing?  The expression could be applied in many instances, including the way you take care of your teeth and gums.  Brushing is of major importance, but be careful to do it properly.  Your hygienist will tell you that brushing too hard or too often can break down your tooth enamel and could harm soft gum tissue.  If you use a manual brush go easy and don’t apply too much pressure.  An electric toothbrush does the job for you, all you have to do is guide it along.

A whitening toothpaste can brighten your smile and the ones made for tartar control can be gritty and may be harsh on your teeth. Choose a normal strength fluoride toothpaste as your regular brand.

Where do you keep your toothbrush?  Most of us brush our teeth in the bathroom so having the tools nearby is most convenient. That makes sense, but a bathroom counter top is exposed to a lot of germs.  Make sure your toothbrush is kept in its own container and in an upright position so that it can dry completely between uses, bacteria thrives on a moist surface.  If you share a bathroom with a roommate or family member, your hygienist may suggest that you use separate toothbrush holders.

The Harman Family Dental Center invites you to tour the office from the comfort of your home via the website, www.harmanfamilydentalcenter.com.  Call the office @ 720-619-3127.