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Can You Overbrush Your Teeth?

A family brushes their teeth twice daily making sure to floss as well.Life is all about balance.

Just about everything seems to work best when you don’t go to extremes. Too much or too little of even a good thing like water can end up being bad for your body. Similarly, there is such a thing as brushing your teeth too much. Many people struggle to brush or floss their teeth enough (two or three times per day), while others do the right amount of brushing, but go too hard. But when do you know if you are overdoing it?

This article is all about finding the right balance with brushing your teeth. Keep reading so you can get to that “Goldilocks” level of not too much, not too little, but just enough brushing.

The Impact of Overbrushing

Brushing your teeth and gums on a regular basis leads to a healthy set of teeth. Brushing and flossing twice per day is typically a good amount to clear food and leave your mouth nice and clean.

However, if you brush your teeth more often than this or even brush your teeth too vigorously, you may end up overbrushing. Overbrushing, sometimes called toothbrush abrasion, can end up leaving your teeth sensitive and your gums bleeding or receding. The protective outer layer of your teeth is made of enamel. This layer can get worn away bit by bit. With your teeth’s armor worn down, you may have more trouble with diseases in your mouth.

Signs of Overbrushing

There are some common signs that you have been overbrushing. Some of the risk factors of overbrushing include those who brush more than two times per day and those who use hard-bristled toothbrushes. Watch out for the following signs of overbrushing.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, sore gums after brushing
  • Your gum line has receded 
  • Your toothbrush’s bristles lay flat

How Should You Brush Your Teeth

If you notice any of these symptoms, there is still hope! Instead of trying to brush your teeth hard, try to get your technique down. Ease your toothbrush bristles against your teeth while brushing in a circular pattern. Sometimes an electric toothbrush can help do the best technique for you. Here are some other tips:

  • Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Aim at your gum line - so point your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle
  • Brush for about two minutes (try playing a short song!)

Protect Your Teeth Now and for the Rest of Your Life

If you have noticed some signs of overbrushing, there is a way back! The best way to have excellent oral health is by taking preventative steps. If you need to get back on track, today is the right day! An experienced dentist, such as those at Signature Smiles Dental, can help you protect your teeth and gums. Call today to chat through your situation and set up an appointment. 

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