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Brushing Too Hard is Worse Than You Think

Since childhood, you’ve probably been told by your Marco Island dental care provider that proper brushing is essential to good oral health. And while that’s still true, it’s becoming increasingly clear that brushing too hard is also harmful to your teeth and gums.  

Toothbrushes are getting more advanced, with features such as multiple speeds, pulsation patterns, and even Bluetooth connectivity to track your brushing habits. But regardless of whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush, how hard you brush is even more important than which kind you use. 

Brushing too hard is worse than you think—in fact, it can cause more damage than not brushing at all. When we brush too hard, we can cause damage to our gums and teeth—even when we don’t feel like we’re applying that much pressure. 

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Unraveling the Truths Behind Toothbrushing 

What are the Damages Caused by Brushing Too Hard? 

The most obvious sign that you’re brushing too hard is that your teeth and gums feel sore. But aside from the obvious physical harm, there are other, less obvious ways brushing too hard can damage your mouth. It can cause tiny microfractures in your teeth, which can cause tooth sensitivity and even gum recession.  

Not only that, but over brushing can cause gingivitis and inflammation in your gums, which can eventually cause your gums to recede, exposing your sensitive roots. In extreme cases, it can weaken the structure of your teeth, making them more prone to decay.  

How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly 

The best way to brush your teeth correctly is to focus on a gentle, circular motion with your brush. This method helps stimulate your gums and massage your teeth, which helps remove debris and bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes.  

Make sure you don’t use too much pressure, and brush your front teeth first, as they tend to be the strongest. As you brush, you’ll notice that your gums will begin to “tingle”—this is how your gums tell you when they’re feeling pain. When your gums tingle, stop and gently rinse your mouth with water. 

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Because each of us has unique dental qualities, your dentist should be the best person to tell you what to do and what not to. Call us at Island Paradise Dental today to schedule your appointment. 

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