People who are conscientious about their oral health make sure to brush their teeth twice a day. Some even go beyond that and brush them after every meal. This raises a question if frequent brushing is a good thing? Most dentists share similar thoughts on this and caution against overly vigorous brushing.
Brushing your teeth too hard can end up wearing down the enamel, and even damage your gums, exposing the sensitive root area. These receding gums can further lead to dental problems like periodontal disease and cavities. If you are an enthusiastic brusher, be prepared – your teeth may eventually show (undesirable) signs of your spirited technique.
To help you understand better, let’s delve deep and see the various aspects of this issue.
Not Sure If You’re Brushing Too Hard?
● If you have noticed a change in your gum line, it is a telltale sign of brushing too hard.
● If certain parts of your teeth have started feeling sensitive, resulting in pain every time you eat.
● If your teeth aren’t as bright near your gums because those underlying ‘root surfaces’ don’t have enamel on them anymore.
● The bristles of your brush look flattened and frayed from all the force you are using on it.
What Is The Proper Brushing Technique?
It definitely requires mindfulness, but you can change the way you brush through continuous and conscious practice. Here are some tips that will help you alter your hard-brushing ways, relieve tooth sensitivity, and prevent any damage happening to your teeth and gums.
● Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, so that the bristles can easily reach and clean every corner of your gumline.
● Hold the brush in your non-dominant hand and gently move it back and forth.
● Make short, tooth-wide strokes to clean the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth.
● If you are using an electric toothbrush, let it do all the work and simply glide it over your teeth.
● Brush for two full minutes — 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth — and at least twice a day.
● Remember to brush your tongue as well to remove bacteria and to keep your breath fresh.
What Kind Of Brush Should You Use?
While looking for a toothbrush in the market, you will usually find extra soft, soft, and medium options. A firm-bristled brush is neither very common nor advisable by dental experts. A good toothbrush has soft bristles and is able to reach places that need a good cleaning. It should be able to bend and get right under the gum. Also, the size of the brush’s head is important, especially if you have a smaller mouth. There are various toothbrushes available in the market with different handles and angles. Consult a dentist before opting for a toothbrush to make the most of your brushing routine.
What To Do If You Have Receding Gums?
Visit a trusted dentist right away! A dental expert will thoroughly examine your gums and tell you about the extent of the damage, as well as the right precautions to curb it. In some extreme cases, a patient may need to consult a gum specialist or periodontist to graft gum tissue back on to the roots of the teeth and restore their smile. You can also use a toothpaste specifically made to reduce the sensitivity on the exposed root surfaces.
Have any other questions regarding hard-brushing or receding gums? Book a consultation with our experts at Abingdon Box Hill Dentistry. We will help you find the best solution for your dental needs. Call us today at 410-569-8500!