Do You Think You Brush Too Hard?
Ever since you started brushing your teeth, you were told to brush twice a day and not to miss a spot. Maybe you were even told to remember to floss twice a day. Have you ever felt as if you followed these guidelines only to hear your dentist tell you that you are brushing too hard?
How does your dentist know?
What does brushing too hard do and how can I prevent it?
Harbor Point Dental Group in Stamford, CT provides the following reasons and tips to prevent hard brushing and gum recession.
1. Choose a soft toothbrush to assist with soft and proper brushing technique.
2. Consult with your Harbor Point Dental Group Dentist Dr. Frank Cimato for tooth brushing tips.
3. Prevent gum loss: Don’t scrub your teeth hard.
4. Try not to rush brushing your teeth and focus on at least two minutes of brushing every time.
5. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
6. Instead of going back and forth while brushing your teeth focus on circular motions by starting from the gums and moving toward the direction of the teeth.
7. Apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums. If the bristles are squashing, you’re brushing too hard.
Brushing regularly is considered vital for healthy teeth and gums, but dental experts warn that you can overdo a good thing. This is known as “toothbrush abrasion.” Overbrushing can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums.
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