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Do You Damage Your Teeth if You Brush Too Often?

Posted on 12/20/2018 by Office Manager
Do You Damage Your Teeth if You Brush Too Often?Since childhood, we've all been told to brush our teeth three times a day for a healthy smile. But if three times a day is good, then brushing more often should be even better, right?

Not so fast! The fact is, tooth brushing is a prime example of the principle of "too much of a good thing". It is actually possible to overbrush, leading to lasting permanent damage to your teeth.

The Dangers of Gum and Tooth Erosion

The official stance of the American Dental Association (ADA) is to brush your teeth twice a day, morning and night, for just two minutes per session. Throwing in an extra encounter after lunch won't necessarily hurt you, but any more than that and you run the risk of permanently damaging your enamel.

Your enamel is the hardest substance in your body, even more durable than your bones. Over time, however, that protective layer that shields your teeth from bacteria can start to break down. Your teeth will then become vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities.

Overbrushing can also take its toll on your gums over time. A receding gumline can lead to exposed roots and loose teeth. For excessively exposed teeth, surgical intervention may be your only option.

Choosing a Toothbrush

A good quality ADA approved toothbrush must meet certain criteria. Over time, the rounded tips of your brush can wear away, scratching and causing harm to your teeth.
The ADA recommends that your toothbrush:

•  Has soft bristles
•  Have smooth tips
•  Is replaced every three months
•  Used in conjunction with a fluoride-containing toothpaste

Using gentle pressure, brush at a 45-degree angle and move the toothbrush back and forth using short strokes.

And Don't Forget Regular Checkups!

In addition to brushing twice a day and flossing, regular checkups at our office can help prevent tooth decay and help ensure strong, healthy teeth.

Give us a call today to schedule a cleaning and a comprehensive dental exam at our office!
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