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Can you brush your teeth too hard?

Posted on 7/4/2022 by Elmwood Dental Group
Can you brush your teeth too hard?Brushing your teeth is an essential habit for your dental health. You might think that brushing hard is the right way, but according to our dentists, that is not the case. Brushing your teeth hard and fast causes tooth damage.

Effects of brushing your tooth hard

Recessing gums is one of the signs that you're brushing too hard. The gums tissues may shrink, exposing the roots of your teeth.

Sensitivity in your teeth may be a result of brushing too hard. The increased sensitivity is caused by receding teeth gums that make you feel colder in the exposed parts of your teeth.

Premature wear and tear of the teeth - The tooth enamel might wear out in such circumstances, thus increasing the risk of tooth cavity. When brushing too hard, the pressure exerted leads to enamel erosion.

A proper way of brushing your teeth

Use a soft bristle toothbrush. You might think using a hard toothbrush will help clean out food particles in your mouth, which is contrary to the truth. A rigid or medium bristle toothbrush may damage your teeth' enamel, thus not suitable for dental hygiene. Soft bristles toothbrush is gentle to your teeth, and they will serve you better.

Ensure you apply the proper brushing technique. Brush at a 45-degree angle against your tooth surface. Make sure you feel the bristle against your gums but do not smash the gums themselves as it may damage them.

Monitor your toothbrush. Always ensure that you replace your toothbrush after three months or less. If you notice your toothbrush bristle is worn out, it's a sign that you are brushing too hard; reduce the pressure you apply.

Use an electric toothbrush. Ensure the electric toothbrush is in contact with the teeth. Please do not press it hard on the teeth. It helps in preventing the gums from being damaged.

Please make an appointment with our dentists. They will guide you on how to brush your teeth as well as check on the dental hygiene of your teeth.

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