Dental Tips Blog

Oct
13

Are You Over-Brushing?

You’ve been told to brush your teeth frequently, but did you know that it could actually damage your teeth? 

Scrubbing too hard is abrasive to your enamel.

Some dentists describe scrubbing back and forth to a saw going back and forth on the enamel. When you’re applying too much pressure or using a very firm bristled toothbrush, even strong tooth enamel can begin to wear away. This typically appears as notches in the enamel along the gumlines. 

Gum recession can be a result.

Gum tissue is even more sensitive than tooth enamel. Scrubbing the gums can cause them to recede down the side of the tooth, exposing the root. Gum recession is irreversible without surgical intervention, and if severe enough it can cause loss of the tooth. 

Soft is better.

A stiff bristled toothbrush or a rigid style electric brush can make abrasion and gum recession even worse. Always choose a soft-bristled brush that allows bristles to conform to the tooth surface without constant firm pressure. Make short strokes with the bristles angled toward the gumlines, focusing on just one or two teeth at a time. 

It’s still a bad thing to skip out on brushing, so make sure you’re brushing your teeth at least twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, just not placing too much pressure against the teeth in the process. During your routine dental check-up your dentist can let you know if you’ve been brushing too hard. Early intervention is the best way to prevent irreversible damage and keep your smile it’s healthiest. Be sure to schedule dental preventive visits at least every 6 months.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

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