Could You Be Overbrushing Your Teeth?

Could You Be Overbrushing Your Teeth?

Everyone knows that routine brushing of teeth is critical for the best oral health. We all know to brush and floss at least twice a day. But just as taking too much medicine can be a serious problem, is there such a thing as too much brushing? In fact, there is!

Serious damage to teeth could result from being too aggressive with your brushing habits. The Dental Team has everything you need to know about overbrushing.

The Effects of Overbrushing

Overbrushing is called toothbrush abrasion, and is a serious issue. Brushing too hard wears down the outer layer on your teeth. Lost enamel, in turn, means less protection for your teeth. This increases sensitivity to cold and hot substances. Gum tissue will also begin to recede, exposing your sensitive roots. Eventually, periodontal disease will result.

Look for the following signs of overbrushing:

  • Splaying of your toothbrush’s bristles
  • Swollen, red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums

How Should You Brush?

Gently brush in a circular motion. Electric toothbrushes naturally use this motion by design, and are an excellent choice.

Follow these five steps to ensure a safe brush:

  • Use soft-bristled brushes
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle, aimed at your gum line
  • Use a circular motion rather than a sawing motion
  • Use only enough pressure to feel the bristles on your gums
  • Don’t brush for more than two minutes, or 30 seconds per oral quadrant

When Should You Brush?

Most know to brush at least twice a day. After each meal is preferable, if possible. But did you know to wait an hour before brushing after consuming a meal? Brushing before the hour is up can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, so don’t feel the need to rush as soon as you’ve finished eating.

Have You Overbrushed?

If you’re afraid you’ve caused the effects of overbrushing, let the experienced professionals at The Dental Team diagnose any problems that may have developed, and get you on the path to excellent oral health! We can solve any problems that have resulted from overbrushing, and provide you all the know-how to take great care of your teeth.