Too much of a good thing can be bad — even when it comes to brushing teeth.
There is no denying the importance of good oral hygiene and quality time with a toothbrush, but over-brushing can lead to a host of dental problems. This is according to a study conducted by the School of Dental Sciences of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Centre for Health Services Research.
What Over-Brushing Can Do to the Teeth
Over-brushing affects both teeth and gums. The earliest sign is a little ‘edge’ in the tooth near the gum. People can feel it with a fingernail; sometimes it is accompanied by an ‘electric shock sensation’ when touching the area with a fingernail or toothbrush bristle.
Receding gums is also a problem, which can then pave the way for gum disease and cavities on the roots of the teeth. Over-brushing may lead to enamel erosion as well, which can, fortunately, be treated with veneers.
Diligent Brushing is Not Always Equal to Healthy Teeth
People who are at most risk for tooth damage due to too much brushing are those who are extremely meticulous about their oral care. Those who use hard-bristled toothbrushes and powered brushes are at risk as well. Other factors, such as having braces and bruxism can increase an individual’s risk for damage from over-brushing.
Proper Techniques and High-Quality Toothbrush
Dentists recommend using proper techniques in brushing. Brushing vigorously is not necessary to remove plaque since plaque is soft that it can easily be removed with a piece of cloth. The secret to cleaner teeth and safer brushing is thoroughness, not aggressiveness.
It is important to use a high-quality toothbrush as well and throw away worn out once.
As long as you properly use a toothbrush and follow the pieces of advice above, you can eat frequently and brush as much as you like without the feeling of guilt.