Am I Brushing My Teeth Too Hard?

May 29, 2018

It is possible to brush your teeth too hard, but how do you know if you are brushing your teeth just right? Maybe you have concerns not only about the way you are brushing your own teeth, but maybe you worry about the rest of your family’s brushing habits? If you or your child notice blood in the spit after brushing, it may be a signal that the brushing is too hard. Bleeding gums can also be a sign of gum disease, so it is important to bring this up at your routine dental exam. Regular dental exams and cleanings give your dentist or hygienist a chance to monitor your oral hygiene routine and give you some pro-tips on how to improve it. 

Damage to the Enamel

The outer surface of your teeth, made of enamel, is incredibly strong and durable as it was built to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing. However, tooth enamel is not an invincible substance; it is vulnerable to breakage and decay. While brushing forcefully enough to remove bacteria from the surface is important, brushing needs to be gentle enough not to cause damage. Brushing with too much pressure or too hard of bristles can lead to the erosion of this protective layer of your teeth. Erosion of the enamel can lead to tooth decay and irreversible damage.

Damage to the Gums

Your gum tissue is not nearly as hard or durable as the surface of your teeth. Your gums are soft and sensitive. Scrubbing your smile furiously with a toothbrush can irritate these soft tissues. As a natural defensive response to aggressive brushing, your gums may begin to shrink and pull away from your teeth. This receding of the gums can endanger a smile by exposing the roots and nerves of your teeth. Gentle brushing and regular flossing can help keep the gums clean and healthy.

There is such a thing as brushing too hard

We can help you assess your smile’s health and your oral hygiene routine. To schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.