Over-Brushing Your Teeth?

It might just be too much of a good thing.

We know that brushing your teeth is one of the most important basics of oral self-care, but some of us are over-doing it. The recommendation that you hear most often is to brush your teeth 2 times a day for 2 minutes, in the morning and in the evening. Those with extremely committed dental care will even brush 3 times a day, once after each meal. But there are still others that go to the extreme and they brush sometimes more than 3 times a day, for too long at a time, or maybe just too rough of a technique. In any of these cases, there are long term effects if you consistently over brush.

Receding Gums

Your gums are part of the protective system that keeps the roots of your teeth from decaying and keeps your mouth intact. Since the gums are soft, extreme brushing can weaken them and pull away from the teeth. The receding of your gums can cause even further complications with sensitivity and pain, as well as the need for periodontal surgery. It’s important to take care when you brush because even with surgery, your gums will not return to their original state.

Bleeding Gums

As you may have guessed, your gums need to be cared for in a gentle manner. Not only are they susceptible to recession, but bleeding as well. If you are too hard on your gums, they will become inflamed and retaliate with pain, cuts, and blood. Re-evaluate our brushing technique and make sure your brush bristles are soft enough.

Tooth Sensitivity

If you have any kind of tooth sensitivity, then you know how uncomfortable it can be. You have to second guess the types of food that you eat, drinks that you drink, or suffer the consequences. Well, if you over brush your teeth, you may be removing layers of protective enamel which help protect your teeth from hot and cold sensitivities. Reviewing your technique, making sure toothbrush type isn’t too stringent and swapping your toothpaste if it contains ingredients too abrasive with the potential to cause further damage.

So, how should we brush?

Everyone has their own technique, but here are the basics:

  • Find a toothbrush that isn’t too hard, or too soft, but just right.
  • Ensure you are brushing for 2 minutes
  • Brush twice a day or ideally after each meal
  • Brush all sides, of all of your teeth in a circular or up and down motion
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and reduce bad breath

Just ease up on the violent, excessive brushing. After all, you only get one set of natural teeth and you want to make them last! Have any questions? Feel free to contact us.