Growing up, we were told to make sure we brush our teeth and rid them of germs that damage our teeth… but it turns out we need to watch out – too much of a good thing isn’t always good!
Brushing regularly is considered vital for healthy teeth and gums, but dental experts warn that you can overdo brushing. Commonly known as “toothbrush abrasion,” over-brushing can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums. Vigorous brushing can wear down the enamel on the teeth as well as damage and push back the gums, further exposing the sensitive root area. Receding gums also leads to periodontal disease.
In order to avoid over brushing you need to remember it is not how hard you scrub, but that you understand and use techniques and skills in order to do a thorough job. Brushing your teeth takes time – so don’t forget to be patient!
- Apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums. Do not squash the bristles, this means you are applying too much pressure.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent gum damage and wear on the tooth and in the root area.
- Move the toothbrush with short strokes and a round scrubbing motion, several times in each spot, don’t move the brush back and forth in a sawing motion across the teeth.
So take time to improve your brushing techniques and avoid over brushing to achieve healthy teeth and gums!
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