December 7, 2019

Can You Hurt Your Teeth by Brushing Them Too Much?

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 5:48 am

Woman with toothbrush concerned about overbrushingA majority of us do our best to protect our oral health with good brushing habits. A recent survey from Delta Dental found that roughly 70% of Americans faithfully brush their teeth twice a day for about two minutes, just as the American Dental Association recommends. No dentist will say that brushing your teeth is bad for you, but dental experts warn that too much of a good thing could cause you serious problems. Overbrushing can cause discomfort in your teeth and gums, as well as lasting oral health issues. Here’s how to tell if your brushing habits are doing more harm than good, and what you can do about it.

The Dangers of Brushing Too Much

Overbrushing is a condition where you brush your teeth with too much force or for too long. While that might sound harmless enough, it can cause oral health issues like:

  • Damaged enamel, which weakens your teeth and exposes the sensitive layer of dentin underneath.
  • Permanent gum recession, which subjects the roots of your teeth to the plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
  • An increased risk of cavities and gum disease, since tooth decay and infection can easily attack softened enamel and revealed dental roots.

Signs of Overbrushing

Many of us have had the same dental routine for so long that we could easily be overbrushing without realizing it. You might be brushing too much if you have:

  • Toothbrush bristles that become splayed or flattened very quickly.
  • Gums that are tender, irritated, swollen, or bleed easily.
  • A tendency to get cavities often even though you brush regularly.
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold in your teeth.

How to Brush Properly

You don’t have to endlessly scrub away at your teeth to keep them clean! Whether you’re using a manual or electric toothbrush, be sure that you’re only choosing options with soft bristles. Replacing your toothbrush every three months will help keep your mouth healthy as well as preventing worn out bristles from scratching or damaging your teeth.

When brushing, keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to effectively clean your gumline. Use short back and forth motions or small circles instead of a scrubbing or sawing movement. Remember, you should only be using enough pressure to lightly massage your gums.

The next time you brush your teeth, make sure you’re cleaning them as well as keeping them safe with proper brushing techniques! Your dentist in Arlington can help you create dental habits that clean your teeth without damaging them.

About the Practice

Allheart Dental provides excellent general, cosmetic, and specialty dentistry to the Red Oak, Irving, Grand Prairie, and Arlington, TX areas. Each of our offices are equipped with the latest tools of modern dentistry, including digital imaging, laser decay detection, and nitrous oxide sedation. Even though we use the latest technology, we never forget the importance of tried-and-true proper brushing habits. If you need help correcting your overbrushing, you can contact our Arlington office via our website or at (817) 308-0966.

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