You don’t need to be told that it’s necessary to brush your teeth. You’ve been told that about a million times since you were a child. But did you know that brushing can actually hurt your teeth if you’re not doing it right?
Over-brushing, known as “tooth abrasion,” can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums. Forceful brushing can wear down teeth and harm enamel. It can also expose sensitive root area. Receding gums can lead to problems such as periodontal disease and cavities on the roots of the teeth. Dentists estimate that between 10 to 20 percent of the population have damaged their teeth or gums as a result of over-brushing.
In addition, factors such as a genetic predisposition to receding gums, clenching or grinding your teeth, or having had your teeth straightened with braces, can increase your risk for damage from over-brushing.
To avoid over-brushing, don’t overdo it. It’s okay to brush more than twice a day, but be sure to give your teeth a break. Use a soft bristle brush and know that you do not need to use extreme force to remove plaque from your teeth.
If you are worried about tooth abrasion or have any questions or concerns regarding your dental health, never hesitate to call us!