Going to the dentist to get a cavity fixed can be time-consuming, uncomfortable, and for some, it can be downright nerve-wracking. It’s no secret that regularly brushing your teeth is one of the best ways to ward off cavities.
In an effort to avoid a trip to the dentist, some may reason that the more you brush the less likely you’ll be to end up in the dentist’s chair. However, there can be too much of a good thing. Can you brush your teeth too much? Absolutely. Here’s how you should brush your teeth and why it’s so important.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. If you’re using the proper technique, you shouldn’t have an issue with brushing your teeth too much. Problems arise when you are brushing often but incorrectly.
Part of the proper technique is to have the proper tools. This means using a soft-bristled toothbrush, never a medium or hard brush. You should regularly replace your toothbrush as soon as you notice any fraying, discoloration, or damage. It doesn’t take long for your toothbrush to become frayed, which can be a sign that your toothbrush is doing more damage than good. If this is the case, it’s time to buy a new one!
Next, it’s very important to make sure you’re not brushing too hard. Plaque actually is easily removed and does not need to be scrubbed. Try holding your toothbrush with two fingers; this is the amount of pressure you need to properly clean your teeth… not much! Another tip to help prevent brushing too hard is to think of “massaging” your teeth rather than brushing them. This change of phrase is often enough to help loosen a damage-causing death-grip.
As you brush, try holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline when brushing. Use short strokes and circular motions as you “massage” your teeth.
Brushing your teeth too much and brushing them too hard can have a really negative effect on your oral health. You can actually cause abrasions to your teeth and the protective enamel which will lead to increased sensitivity and tooth decay. (Using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard will also wear away tooth enamel.) This sensitivity doesn’t end with your teeth; you can also become extra sensitive on your gum line as your gums recede with over brushing.
If you’re worried that you’ve been brushing your teeth too much and have done some damage, it’s a good idea to go to the dentist. They can assess any damage that may be done, and help establish healthy habits to avoid future deterioration.
The Crawford Leishman Dental Group works hard to make you feel like family so that no matter what the reason for your visit, you’ll feel comfortable while having all of your dentistry needs met.
To schedule your appointment and take the next step toward greater oral health, don’t wait to contact The Crawford Leishman Dental Group!