Can You Brush Your Teeth Too Much?
Over-brushing can also lead to GUM RECESSION. Gum recession develops when the sensitive root area of your teeth becomes more exposed because you have pushed back the gums from brushing too much and too hard. When this happens, plaque, bacteria, and other forms of tooth decay can reach the roots of your teeth, which can create or worsen other oral concerns, such as periodontal disease. If this occurs, Dr. Guerra provides several periodontal treatments to help treat any issues you are having with your gums from over-brushing.
Proper Brushing Technique
Proper brushing techniques will not only improve your oral health, but it can also prevent other issues from occurring. Always brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, especially in the morning and before you go to bed. Make sure you apply just enough pressure to your teeth when brushing them so that the bristles on your toothbrush do not damage your gums. Using soft, short strokes and positioning your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle can cause less damage to your teeth and gums. Be sure to floss daily and schedule regular visits with your dentist so they can examine your teeth to make sure everything is alright.
Proper Brushing Techniques:
1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
2. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
3. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
4. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.