Is it possible that you may be brushing your teeth too often? Dentists and hygienists have stressed the importance of daily brushing for years, the ADA has advised that we all brush twice a day and that we devote a full two minutes to it each time. So with this in mind, how could brushing ever be a bad thing?
“Toothbrush abrasion” is the term that dental professionals use to describe to patients what could happen when they overbrush. The tooth enamel is what protects the more vulnerable inner layer of dentin and the nerve center, or pulp, of the tooth. Brushing too hard or with the wrong kind of toothbrush can damage tooth enamel and let cavity-causing bacteria in. Overbrushing can also cause the gum tissue to recede from the tooth leaving a space, “pocket,” where food debris could gather and infection could begin. Receding gums can be a matter of genetics but more often is a result of using a hard bristle toothbrush and brushing too often while applying too much pressure. Ask your dentist any questions you might have with no hesitation.
Ironically, those of us who are most diligent about our home dental care is also more susceptible to toothbrush abrasion, but it can be prevented by making a few simple changes in your care regimen. Talk to Dr. Braasch of Meadow Hills Dental about what steps you can take. Call today at 303-625-9412 in Aurora, CO.