If you are one of those people who take really good care of their health, you must be very conscientious about your oral health as well. You probably have a well-established routine that keeps your dental hygiene in line. You must be brushing and flossing at least twice a day, sometimes even after every meal.
If you recognized yourself in some of these statements, it’s possible that you are overdoing it. If you don’t think we’re right, let us tell you that brushing your teeth too much can lead to serious dental issues, and we’re here to help you recognize over brushing teeth symptoms.
Damaging the Tooth Enamel
Can you brush your teeth too much? Yes, you can! If you are brushing your teeth too often and too vigorously, you will have problems with losing tooth enamel. This process is called tooth abrasion and it is actually the loss of the tooth enamel and cementum due to a bad brushing technique. If you’re using a hard-bristle brush, the chances are you will speed up the process and harm your teeth even more.
Enamel can be damaged by food, biting nails, and lip/tongue piercings. If you have questions about possible problems you can have, consulting a professional such as someone from the office of Dr. Angela Berkovich might be a good idea. They can give you advice on how to properly brush and floss, as well as what brush to use and for how long.
Receding and Sensitive Gums
Another problem that might occur when you brush your teeth too much is sensitive and receding gums. When your gums start receding, the cementum of your tooth might become exposed to the external factors and is more prone to decay. This can cause pain and discomfort, so it’s important to follow the state of your gum line regularly.
Sensitive and Fragile Teeth
When your enamel is slowly damaged due to abrasion and erosion, your teeth will become more sensitive because your nerves will be more exposed to hot and cold food and drinks.
Brushing and flossing can be really uncomfortable in this case, and sometimes even the cold air can cause you discomfort and pain. If you brushed your teeth too hard, get ready because your teeth may become really sensitive to the outer environment and more fragile as well.
Proper Brushing Technique
To be able to brush and floss properly, you need to be adequately equipped. You should have a soft-bristled brush that is hard enough to remove the bacteria and food residue from the teeth, but soft enough to not damage the tooth enamel and gums. Brushing your teeth shouldn’t last longer than two minutes if you want to keep them sparkly clean and avoid abrasion. Let’s take look at how the process goes:
- You should place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from the gum line.
- You should apply light pressure and move the brush gently back and forth, trying to clean every tooth.
- You shouldn’t forget to brush all areas of your mouth – the teeth, the gums, the sides, and the tongue to make sure to remove all bacteria and prevent plaque build-up.
Although you haven’t thought about it, over brushing your teeth can be a serious issue if not dealt appropriately. Don’t wait for your dentist to tell you you’re doing something wrong, but actively and conscientiously take care of your oral health!