SIGNS YOU ARE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH TOO HARD show up over time. So, it’s not always easy to spot the issue right when it’s happening. However, with the following teeth brushing hacks, you’ll be on your way to better oral health today.
If you have notching around the area where your tooth meets its root, then it’s likely you’re using a heavy-handed technique when brushing. Notching is usually accompanied by sensitivity.
Certain foods can exacerbate the effects of heavy-handed brushing. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating acidic foods, to ensure you don’t spread the acid all around your mouth.
When you brush too hard or too often, the enamel layer of your tooth gets worn. This happens either through abrasion or erosion.
Exposed nerve endings that are close enough to the surface react to either hot or cold foods or drinks. Thus, sensitivity occurs. Use a soft-handed brushing technique and avoid using a hard-bristled brush. Soft brush heads are a must.
Additionally, avoid whitening pastes. They may be either too abrasive or have ingredients that can increase sensitivity.
Colgate recommends a 2-minute brushing time and techniques with which we agree.
If you’re not sure what else you can do to recognize the signs you are brushing your teeth too hard both treat and prevent tooth sensitivity, then call Dr. Lovik. He and his team delight in sharing knowledge that gets you on your way to better oral health.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.