Since childhood, most of us were taught that brushing our teeth is just a part of our daily hygiene routine that must be done to keep our teeth and gums healthy & attractive. But many people are surprised to learn that there is such as thing as overbrushing the teeth. Overbrushing the teeth can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums. Scrubbing your teeth hard is not necessary for removing plaque or particles of food that are caught between your teeth and along the gumline as gentle brushing gets the job done.
If you are particularly diligent about maintaining good oral hygiene and are using a medium or hard-bristled toothbrush, you may be overbrushing your teeth. When the teeth are brushed too often and too vigorously, it can wear down tooth enamel and cause the gums to recede wherein the sensitive root areas are exposed. This puts the root areas of the teeth at higher risk for decay while also raising your risk for developing periodontal disease.
If you think you’ve been overbrushing your teeth, it’s never too late to make positive changes to how you care for your teeth. Here are some toothbrushing tips from your team at Mapleridge Children and Adult Dentistry – where we make it our mission to help our patients maintain healthy and attractive smiles.
If you have any questions about how to properly maintain good oral hygiene, please don’t hesitate to Contact us as we always enjoy speaking with you! We look forward to seeing your smile soon and helping you keep it healthy and attractive!
If you have questions regarding the recipes above, or to learn more about healthy foods to eat that won’t cause damage to your teeth, contact us today, and our friendly team will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. Have a happy summer!