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How Over Brushing & Using Force Can Damage Your Enamel

March 4, 2022 8:24 pm | Published by

Dentists recommend brushing your teeth every day, but did you know you can brush too much? You can also brush too hard and damage your tooth enamel! Here’s what you need to know about over brushing.

Tooth Enamel Is Strong, But It Can Wear Down

Tooth enamel is the thin covering on the outside of your tooth. While enamel is strong, the acids in plaque and tartar erode it over time. If you don’t maintain good oral hygiene, you can end up with cavities, which are holes in your enamel. Over brushing and brushing too hard can also wear down your enamel. Once this protective layer thins, it’s permanent. You’ll be more vulnerable to tooth decay and other problems.

Brush Twice a Day with a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

Brushing keeps your teeth and gums healthy, but you can overdo it. Most people don’t need to brush more than twice a day for two minutes each time. Three times a day is acceptable, but any more than that, and brushing can start to wear down your enamel. Aggressive brushing – especially with hard bristles – also damages your teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid hard scrubbing.

Watch for Common Symptoms of Over Brushing

Not sure if you’re over brushing or using too much force? Toothbrush bristles fray every three months or so with regular brushing, but if your bristles are fraying way earlier, that’s a sign you’re brushing too much or too hard. You’ll also likely experience symptoms like increased tooth sensitivity, bleeding when you brush, and/or gum recession. Gum disease also causes these symptoms, so it’s a good idea to make a dental appointment if you’re noticing changes.

High-Quality Dental Care at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry in Cedar Park, Texas

Along with good brushing habits at home, you can maintain great oral health by visiting our office for preventative dentistry and other services! Our team is trained to recognize issues like over brushing or brushing too hard, and we’re happy to provide brushing advice. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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