How Much Is Too Much When Brushing Your Teeth?

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From a very young age, we are told to brush our teeth regularly so they grow healthy and strong. Making sure to maintain good oral hygiene is essential. However, many patients may be surprised to learn that they are causing more harm than good to their teeth. According to the American Dental Association, some people may be putting too much pressure on their teeth when brushing, while others are not giving their teeth the proper amount of cleaning it needs. Improper care or over-brushing can lead to serious dental issues, such as sensitive teeth and gum recession. Making sure you are correctly cleaning your mouth without causing damage to the teeth or gums can help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Over-brushing Can Lead to…

Sensitive Teeth

If you are brushing your teeth using a medium or hard toothbrush, you may want to consider switching it out for a softer one. Over-brushing your teeth with a medium to hard-bristled toothbrush can damage the enamel on your teeth and wear it down, making them more sensitive. Being more thorough than aggressive when brushing your teeth can help stop the problem from getting worse. If your teeth have become too sensitive from over-brushing, be sure to visit your dentist so they can treat this issue.

Gum Recession

Over-brushing will not only cause your teeth to feel less healthy and clean, but it can also lead to gum recession. Gum recession develops when the sensitive root area of your teeth becomes more exposed because you have pushed back the gums from brushing too much and too hard. When this happens, plaque, bacteria, and other forms of tooth decay can reach the roots of your teeth, which can create or worsen other oral concerns, such as periodontal disease. If this occurs, Dr. Kohani provides several periodontal treatments to help treat any issues you are having with your gums from over-brushing.

Proper Brushing Technique

Making sure you are using proper brushing techniques will not only improve your oral health, but it can also prevent other issues from occurring. Always brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, especially in the morning and before you go to bed. Make sure you apply just enough pressure to your teeth when brushing them so that the bristles on your toothbrush do not damage your gums. Using soft, short strokes and positioning your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle can cause less damage to your teeth and gums. Be sure to floss daily and schedule regular visits with your dentist so they can examine your teeth to make sure everything is alright.   


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kohani, or if you would like to learn more about proper dental care, please contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics by calling (858) 622-1007.