A vital step for maintaining good oral health is brushing. However, at times, too much of something good can turn bad too – same goes with brushing. There is no denying the importance of oral hygiene, but how much time you spend brushing your teeth matters. Don’t let that clean, fresh feeling fool you – excessive brushing can harm your gums and teeth.
Over-Brushing: What Happens If You Brush Your Teeth Too Much?
Brushing is definitely important but not to an extent where you harm yourself in the process. Excessive brushing can result in receding gums, sensitive teeth and wear and tear of your enamel and the area around the root of your tooth. When the enamel wears off, the first line of defence is broken and the teeth become more susceptible to cavities and decay.
How Much is Too Much?
The best and most proactive solution would be to avoid over brushing.
Brushing two times a day for 2-3 minutes, distributed equally between the upper and lower jaw, is what is suggested. Brushing more than this leads to the above-mentioned problems.
The best advice would be to cut back on brushing, brush with gentle pressure and use a soft bristle brush.
These few pointers will definitely contribute to that glistening smile.
For those of you, who find it hard to cut back and to avoid a guilty conscience, use a brush with soft bristles and a light hand with gentle strokes and motions.
Quick Tip: Apart from paying attention to the time, remember to clean all the surfaces in your mouth when you brush. Clean every inch of the tooth from root to tip, the cheeks, tongue, gums and surrounding areas.
Why Is It So Important To Brush?
By proper brushing, the plaque in your mouth that eats away at your teeth and causes cavities is broken down. Brushing is beneficial to not only teeth but gums as well. Certain gum diseases like gingivitis can be kept at bay. So, keep brushing!
Proper Brushing Technique
The technique of how you brush matters more than how hard you scrub when you brush. Following are a few tips:
- To prevent wear and tear and damage of the dentin, use a toothbrush with soft bristles. If you are one that has adapted to a brush with hard bristles then start by using one which is slightly softer and keep moving down the rung
- Rather than sawing back and forth across your teeth, use short strokes and a scrubbing motion. Do this several times in the same spot with gentle pressure or with a light hand
- When you brush, the amount of pressure you apply is important. Apply just enough so that the bristles touch the insides of your mouth. If they are being squished then you are brushing too hard
- Brush the insides and the outsides of every tooth.
For people who find it difficult to keep track of time while brushing, use a timer and some electric toothbrushes come with one too. So now you know that you may not only be spending less time on your teeth but also using the incorrect technique. A combination of the two is sure to contribute to splendid results.