While frequent tooth brushing breaks down plaque and gets rid of bacteria, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. You should be brushing your teeth every morning and night to reduce tartar build up, toothbrush abrasion is a serious dental concern that leads to sensitive teeth and receding gums. When your gum line recedes, the roots of your teeth are exposed. They are sensitive and prone to infection when left unprotected. Rough brushing wears down the enamel of the teeth, as well, which makes them more vulnerable to decay. In this week’s blog we’ll take a look at the major consequences of brushing your teeth too hard, and explore proper techniques to get your oral health back on track.
The Risk Of Receding Gum lines
Gum recession involves the wearing away of gum tissue from the tooth’s root. When this happens, pockets, or gaps form between the teeth, above the gum line. These pockets are a breeding ground for the reproduction of bacteria. When you continuously brush vigorously, your gums will recede. If it goes untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures become damaged which could lead to periodontal disease. Gum disease is a major dental concern resulting in tooth loss, gum infection and sometimes require surgery to fix.
Brushing Your Teeth Properly
Pro tip: Don’t scrub too hard. Only clean for two to three minutes to get the most thorough cleaning. Using a soft bristled toothbrush will prevent bleeding and gum recession as well. Hard-medium bristled toothbrushes quickly tear away at gum tissues, especially with added pressure. You should be moving the toothbrush with short strokes and light scrubbing motion. Uncontrollable scrubbing back and forth will have your gums sore, bleeding, and receding from the root.
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