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Does It Hurt Your Mouth to Brush Too Often?

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Dr. Joshi
Does It Hurt Your Mouth to Brush Too Often?Rather than polishing up your smile and promoting your dental health, an overzealous brushing habit can actually dampen your smile and expose you to certain dental issues. If you've been indulging in overzealous brushing habits all along, you don't need to beat yourself now because you're not alone. We often get visited by patients who're experiencing jarring pains and gritty textures on their teeth all due to overly intense brushing.

The cause of the problem isn't brushing too often, but brushing often with the wrong techniques and tools. You can't brush too often in the sense that you can always brush whenever you have an unpleasant smell or uncomfortable feel in your mouth. But brushing vigorously every time can expose you to various oral issues.

Signs that You're Brushing Too Much

The most common sign of brushing your teeth too much is tooth abrasion, which wears down your enamel, and worn enamel can cause toothache and tooth sensitivity. Now, you can brush every time you consume something or every other time of the day without experiencing symptoms of tooth abrasion, provided you use the right brushing techniques. But when you brush oftentimes vigorously with a hard-bristled toothbrush and overly abrasive toothpaste, you're definitely courting tooth abrasion.

Brushing often with improper tools and techniques can also cause your gums to recede due to the perpetual impact of toothbrush strokes on the gums. This can lead to the exposure of the soft, sensitive tissues on teeth root called cementum, which can give rise to severe toothache and tooth sensitivity.

To avoid all these problems, we always advise our patients that no matter how often they brush, they should always ensure that their toothbrush's bristles are soft, well-rounded, and smooth on their ends. We also advise against highly abrasive toothpastes.
You should also always use light, circular back and forth strokes when brushing. Learn more about the most effective ways to brush your teeth without any drawbacks by reaching out to our seasoned dentists today.

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