Brushing your teeth regularly helps keep them clean, healthy, and bright. But is it possible to brush your teeth too much?
There is a rare but possible condition known as “toothbrush abrasion” that results from overbrushing. Typically, it’s not caused by brushing too often but by using a hard-bristled toothbrush and brushing too hard. In some rare instances, toothbrush abrasion can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums.
Softer, Gentler Brushing
While genetic factors can contribute to toothbrush abrasion, there are still things you can do to help prevent it.
It’s important to your oral health to brush frequently, preferably after every meal when possible. But rather than opting for a hard- or medium-bristled toothbrush, it’s usually better to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove debris and plaque while still protecting soft tooth dentin. That’s the softer layer or tooth found just underneath the surface enamel.
You also can brush your teeth with the tips of the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gumline. And don’t push too hard. If the bristles are bending, relax the tension and brush the teeth rather than trying to scrub them the way you would a floor.
The best way to prevent toothbrush abrasion and other dental issues is to see your dentist frequently, at least twice per year. At Bella Smile, we can identify and address problems early before they get worse. There are even treatments for dental abrasion that can help alleviate the damage and even promote healing.
At Bella Dental, we aim to be the community’s full-service dental office. In addition to dental cleanings, dental x-rays, and routine procedures like fillings and crowns, we also can offer advice on how to care for your teeth at home so you can enjoy a happier, brighter smile for many years to come.