Can You Brush Your Teeth Too Hard

7 Jun
St. Joseph Dentistry answers the question on whether you can brush your teeth too hard.

How to Properly Clean Your Teeth without Harming Them

Can You Brush Your Teeth Too Hard?

Next time you grab that toothbrush remember that brushing harder doesn’t always mean you’re brushing better. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends soft-bristle toothbrushes with angled or multi-layer bristles to ensure an excellent clean without harming your teeth. You should only apply enough pressure to feel the bristles against your teeth. To make sure you’re using a gentle grip, try holding your toothbrush in your nondominant hand.  If you notice that your bristles are worn down and flat, it’s a sign you are brushing too hard. Brushing too hard can irritate and possibly injure your gums. If you brush your teeth too hard, you may notice that your gums are red and swollen. You may also see blood in your toothpaste or when you spit.

Other warning signs include:

  • Gum recession
  • Enamel wear
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Increased risk of cavities
  • Teeth becoming more yellow

If you have any of these symptoms, you should see one of our experienced dentists at St. Joseph Dentistry. They can help you determine if you are brushing your teeth too hard and recommend ways to improve your brushing technique.

The ADA also recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. You should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing after eating and change your toothbrush every three to four months so that the bristles don’t wear and tear.

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