Can You Overbrush Your Teeth?
Too Much of a Good Thing: Can You Overbrush Your Teeth?
There is a world record for virtually everything; there is one, in fact, about toothbrushing. In India, 16,414 people made history when they brushed their teeth simultaneously on January 7, 2016. That’s one way to encourage people, especially kids, to brush their teeth more often because it can ensure dental health.
But how often is “often?” Do you stick to the twice-a-day routine or after every meal? If you do follow the latter, can you overbrush your teeth? Your local Shreveport dentist, Dr. Ben Kacos, addresses this topic.
More Is Not Entirely Better
You know, with certainty, that brushing your teeth is essential to dental health. With better dental health, you also ensure your overall health. You accept all this as fact. But you can overdo it, not just with the frequency but also with the intensity.
Brushing harder and longer doesn’t mean you’ll clean your teeth better. Dental experts in Livonia, MI agree that both can damage gums and the surface of your teeth. How?
Start with the urgency with which you brush. Understandably, you’ll want to clean your teeth right after a meal. Who wants to feel the remnants of a meal, especially when you have to meet someone after? Of course, you want to brush your teeth.
The danger in doing so is in spreading the acid from your meal; acid erodes the enamel that protects your teeth. With the abrasive bristles of your toothbrush, you’re not only spreading the acid but working it in further to damage the enamel.
Next, you brush your teeth as though they were the rustic tiles on your kitchen floor. Vigorous brushing isn’t the way to get rid of plaque. This approach to toothbrushing can erode gum tissue and enamel, especially when you’re using a brush with hard bristles.
Add your mad rush to clean your teeth to this scenario, and you’re likely to do your teeth more harm than good. Expect dental problems like receding gums and gum disease.
A Better Way
Your teeth require careful, gentle strokes and not furious scrubbing. Consider that gums and dentin aren’t tough enough to handle the harsh nylon bristles on your teeth. When you consistently brush harder and longer, you leave microdamage each time. The minor damage, over time, can lead to major damage that may require complex, pricey dental treatments in the future.
Instead of brushing too hard, too long, and way too often, you can take your time with this oral hygiene habit.
Start with finding the right toothbrush and replacing them every three months; replacement is critical because a toothbrush can contain 10 million (or more) bacteria, including E.coli, which is why you should never put your brush within 3 feet of the toilet.
Instead of brushing right after a meal, rinse your mouth with water. Wait at least 30 minutes before grabbing that brush.
Finally, turn your tooth brushing time into a kind of spa-like treatment. Learn the proper brushing techniques from your dentist; floss and rinse right after. In spending more time to brush your teeth the right way, you avoid the impact of excessive brushing and keep your teeth clean and healthy. Contact your dentist in Shreveport, LA for questions about your oral health.