Is There Such a Thing as Over Brushing? The Answer may Surprise You.

Most of us have been taught to brush our teeth regularly and to ensure the overall health of teeth and gums. There’s even the old quote, “You don’t have to brush all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep.” Like most things in life, “overdoing it” generally does not lead to results that we want. Known as “toothbrush abrasion”, over brushing our teeth could lead to dental problems including sensitive teeth and receding gums. So it’s important to be mindful of just how much time you are spending on your pearly whites!

Those most at risk of teeth and gum damage due to over brushing:

There are simple strategies for effectively keeping our teeth clean without over brushing.  Using soft bristled toothbrushes are likely to damage teeth much less than brushes with harder bristles. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gums, use short light back and forth motions and focus on the part of your teeth which are closest to the gums as this effectively dislodges any food debris that causes bacteria growth. focusing along the gum line dislodges what should not be hanging out in your mouth. (Also, don’t forget to also wash your tongue!)

If you feel that your teeth have been damaged due to over brushing, Lighthouse Family Dentistry recommends that you come visit us to discuss how we can help and serve you to get your teeth back to optimal health. We pride ourselves in having dental technology that is state-of-the-art. Lighthouse Family Dentistry is truly invested in the highest quality dental care that we provide for our patients. We love playing a part in bringing smiles to the world! To schedule an appointment to discuss teeth grinding or any other dental questions, call us at (831) 373-0478.

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