Brushing is an important part of dental health, but there can be too much of a good thing. Your enamel can be sensitive after eating acidic food or drink, and hard brushing can make that even more damaging. This is what can happen if you brush your teeth too much.
What Can Happen from Brushing Too Much?
Too much brushing will wear down your tooth enamel and can push back your gums, which can lead to showing the sensitive roots of your teeth. Sensitive teeth can be uncomfortable and can be hard to reverse if you have receding gums.
Receding gums also cause other dental issues, which can include periodontal disease. With receding gums, you are more likely to have cavities on the root of the teeth and you would need more treatments that can include root canals or removing the tooth.
Am I Brushing My Teeth Too Hard?
Those who are at risk for over-brushing are people that are particularly careful about oral care and who choose hard bristles. There are other factors that can cause you to brush too hard or too much. If you already have a predisposition to receding gums, grind your teeth, or have had braces, you could be at risk for over-brushing. Your cosmetic dentist can help determine if you are brushing too hard.
Adjusting Your Brushing Habits
It’s important to learn proper brushing technique in order to not damage your teeth with too much brushing. It’s not about how hard you scrub but using the right technique in order to properly clean your teeth. Plaque is a very soft substance and could be removed with a soft cloth if it was possible to reach the hidden spots. This is why it’s not necessary to brush hard.
Use A Soft Bristle Brush
It’s recommended that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, to get the most out of brushing. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent gum damage and wear on your teeth. If you are used to using a hard-bristled toothbrush, move down in hardness until you get used to using a soft one.
Soft bristles are needed is that they need to be able to bend to get under the gum. Some people think that the harder the bristles, the better the clean, but that’s not true and the hard bristles will wear down the structure of your teeth and your gums. This can lead to more cavities and will require dental fillings over time.
The Right Way to Brush
Place the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line while brushing. Use short strokes to create a scrubbing motion, and don’t just rub the toothbrush back and forth against the teeth. Apply just the right amount of pressure by making sure you aren’t squashing the bristles. If the bristles are being squashed, you are probably bushing too hard.
Not only is it important to select the right toothbrush, but it’s also important to change the toothbrush regularly. Once the bristles become frayed, the brush will no longer clean properly. Check to see if the bristles are discolored, bent, or dirty looking. Change your brush at least every three months and store it in the open air so it has a chance to dry. As a result, bacteria won’t form on it.
Wait To Brush After Eating
You may be brushing your teeth too soon after eating. While it’s good to brush after eating acidic foods, wait about 15 to 20 minutes. You already have acid in your mouth and when you brush your teeth, the toothpaste will act as an abrasive and therefore help the acid further wear away at the tooth. This can lead to sensitive teeth. Once you wait for a little bit, the saliva in your mouth has a chance to get rid of some of the acids and then you can resume proper brushing.
Make sure one of out of the two times you are brushing your teeth each day you really make exceptional. This includes proper brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. If you properly do this once a day, you won’t feel the effects of overbrushing.