Is over brushing damaging your tooth enamel?

Article written byElite Dental Group

Correct brushing technique is essential to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dentists recommend brushing twice daily and flossing before bed; however, people often mistakenly think that brushing more than twice a day will help them achieve healthy, white teeth. Little do they know that overbrushing, can cause many dental problems; here is why.

Tooth abrasion – Abrasion will remove plaque, but it can also remove teeth enamel which will increase the chances of cavities forming.

Sensitive teeth – Heavy-handed brushing wears down tooth enamel which exposes nerve endings making teeth more sensitive to hot and cold foods.

Gum recession – Gum tissue is sensitive and undue stress can cause gums to recede, which exposes roots. Teeth roots have less enamel and therefore are more vulnerable to cavities and damage.

Instead of overbrushing opt to use a soft bristle brush in gentle circular strokes for a minimum of two- minutes at a time. Change toothbrushes every three months or when bristles start to bend or fray. Brushing teeth in the morning and before bed is more than sufficient to maintain healthy teeth, gums, and fresh breath. Flossing before bed is also key to reducing plaque and cavities as it will dislodge food particles between teeth.

Eating a healthy diet, high in vegetables, fruits, and lean meats can also help to keep teeth healthy and maintain fresh breath throughout the day. Additionally, schedule at least two annual dental visits to assess teeth and identify issues before they worsen.

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