Brushing your teeth is a vital step in maintaining good oral health. However, is there
such a thing as over-brushing?
The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth for 2 minutes,
twice a day. People sometimes brush after every meal, or brush midday to freshen
up. Although this is not always a bad thing, when you start brushing too much or for
too long, you can ultimately damage your teeth.
Brushing more than three times a day, and for longer than 2 minutes, can sometimes
lead to your tooth enamel wearing down as well as cause damage to your gums.
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and helps fight against
tooth decay. Over-brushing can damage this shield and cause teeth to become
sensitive and prone to cavities.
Practicing proper oral hygiene care at home is an important part of your overall oral
health. However, being aware of how much is too much is equally important in
keeping your smile healthy.
Using the right kind of toothbrush helps prevent unnecessary enamel erosion. It is
recommended you use a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The Seal of
Acceptance shows that:
- All of the toothbrush components are safe for use in the mouth.
- Bristles are free of sharp or jagged edges (a soft-bristled toothbrush helps prevent the wearing down of enamel).
- The toothbrush can be used to provide a significant decrease in mild gum disease and plaque.
Scheduling regular professional cleanings and exams with our dentist will keep your