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The Dangers of Over Brushing Your Teeth

Posted on 1/25/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
A young boy that is over brushing his teeth!When it comes to brushing your teeth, there's no such thing as brushing too much, right? In reality, over brushing your teeth can be problematic. Over brushing can actually lead to an issue called toothbrush abrasion, which could result in receding gums and sensitive teeth, so it is important that you understand exactly how much you should be brushing in order to avoid this condition.

What Happens When You Over Brush?

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, from 10% to 20% of the population has damaged their teeth at one point or another as a result of over brushing. The people who are most at risk of this type of damage tend to be diligent about their oral health care, but just go overboard when it comes to brushing. Using a toothbrush with medium or hard bristles can also be a factor.

When you over brush your teeth, you can cause the enamel to wear down, and you might also push back the gums so that the sensitive root area is exposed. Unfortunately, these issues can lead to other problems, as receding gums can cause cavities and gum disease. To correct these problems, you may need to have a filling, root canal, or even an extraction, all of which are big prices to pay for simply wanting to ensure you have clean teeth.

Isn't Vigorous Brushing Necessary?

Brushing your teeth hard or vigorously is over-kill when it comes to cleaning your teeth. Plaque is a soft material that you could even remove with a towel if you could get all of your tooth surfaces. Aggressive brushing doesn't make any difference, but what does matter is using proper technique and being thorough when you brush. Brushing all of the surface area of your teeth is crucial, and it won't do any good to brush especially hard.

Please contact us if you have any questions about brushing your teeth.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



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