Can You Brush Your Teeth Too Hard?

Many people are often surprised to find out that there is a proper technique when it comes to brushing your teeth. It is very easy for people to brush too hard on their teeth, assuming that it will make them cleaner. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Brushing too hard on your teeth can damage the gums and teeth and lead to things such as receding gums and tooth sensitivity. A good way to tell whether you have been brushing your teeth too hard is to look at your toothbrush. If you have had your brush for under 3 months and the head is smashed down, you are brushing too hard.

How to Brush Properly

To prevent brushing too hard, dentists recommend that individuals do the following:

1.) Slow your brushing down and aim for a 2-minute brushing time.

2.) Be gentle

3.) Put the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum so that the brush can reach underneath.

4.) Use a soft-bristled toothbrush recommended by the ADA

Talk to Your Dentist

If you are unsure of your brushing technique, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for clarification. If you notice any tooth or gum sensitivity and feel that you are brushing too harshly, make an appointment with your provider.