Since childhood, most of us were taught that brushing our teeth is just a part of our daily hygiene routine that must be done to keep our teeth and gums healthy & attractive. But many people are surprised to learn that there is such as thing as overbrushing the teeth. Overbrushing the teeth can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums. Scrubbing your teeth hard is not necessary for removing plaque or particles of food that are caught between your teeth and along the gumline as gentle brushing gets the job done.
Are You an Over-Brusher?
If you are particularly diligent about maintaining good oral hygiene and are using a medium or hard-bristled toothbrush, you may be overbrushing your teeth. When the teeth are brushed too often and too vigorously, it can wear down tooth enamel and cause the gums to recede wherein the sensitive root areas are exposed. This puts the root areas of the teeth at higher risk for decay while also raising your risk for developing periodontal disease.
Brushing Tips from Your Manhattan Dentistry Team
If you think you’ve been overbrushing your teeth, it’s never too late to make positive changes to how you care for your teeth. Here are some toothbrushing tips from your team at The Exchange Dental Group – where we make it our mission to help our patients maintain healthy and attractive smiles.
- Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid gum damage and unnecessary wear and tear of tooth enamel.
- Brush your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes each time after meals and before bedtime.
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline when brushing.
- Move your toothbrush using short strokes and a scrubbing motion over all the areas of your teeth.
- Apply light pressure to feel the bristles against your gums. If you are spreading the bristles out, you’re brushing too hard.
Contact the Team at The Exchange Dental Group
If you have any questions about how to properly maintain good oral hygiene, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we always enjoy speaking with you! If you’d like to schedule an appointment, feel free to call us at (212) 422-9229 or use our convenient online form to book a time. We look forward to seeing your smile soon and helping you keep it healthy and attractive!