Brushing Too Often Can Damage Your Gums and Your Teeth
Posted on 4/20/2020 by Emerson Todd Rowley, DMD
While brushing your teeth is important for teeth and gum health, you also do not want to overdo it. That is why we recommend that patients brush twice a day (morning and before bed at night) and floss daily. If you brush too much, you can run into some future dental conditions – conditions that develop by taking too aggressive of approach.
How Much Brushing Is Too Much?
Some patients, when they have not followed routine dental care, begin by over-brushing their teeth. While this won't do any harm initially, it will lead to erosion and recession. We advise that you don't brush more than 3 times per day at two minutes at a time. While you don't want to go over this limit, you still need to brush your teeth every day. Again, you don't want to overdo it.
Brushing Aggressively Is Not Necessary
You don't have to brush aggressively either to get rid of plaque. What is important, instead of how hard to you brush, is to use the correct method. This entails using a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent scratching the gums or abrading the enamel. Throw away a hard-bristled brush as you won't need it. When using the brush, places the ends of the bristles at a 45-degree angle. Use short strokes and a circular scrubbing motion. Focus on each spot. Never use a sawing motion on the insides and outsides of the teeth. You can brush in a line over the chewing surfaces. Just apply enough pressure so you can lightly feel the bristles against your gums. If you notice that your bristles are squashed, you are using too much force.
As you can see, brushing can be done is a short amount of time and still be effective. We can show you the proper way to brush. Visit our office today to learn more about taking care of your teeth at home or call to set up an appointment for an exam and consultation.