Your dentist and hygienist tell you to brush twice a day and floss once to maintain a clean, healthy smile. But what if you’re feeling ambitious and decide to brush more often. If brushing your teeth is a good thing, doing it more often can’t be bad, can it?
The American Dental Association states that you should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Your dentist in Allentown wants you to know that this isn’t always a bad thing, but if you brush more than three times a day, you may be damaging your teeth without realizing it.
The Oral Health Effects of Brushing Too Often
Worn Dental Enamel
The outer layer of your tooth is enamel, which is very strong. However, if you brush too often, this layer starts to wear down. At some point, you’re brushing away dental enamel instead of plaque, especially if you brush too hard for too long or use a hard-bristled toothbrush.
You will start to notice increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures as you brush away the protective outer layer of dental enamel.
If you over-brush, your gums can also become damaged. You may push them back, causing them to recede. This exposes the root of your tooth to cavity-causing bacteria that leads to decay. You can also develop gum disease that includes symptoms like red, puffy, inflamed gums.
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Studies indicate that 10 to 20 percent of US adults damage their teeth or gums because they overbrush, so this isn’t something to take lightly. Dr. Amir and Dr. Sunny are Allentown dentists who can provide all the guidance you need to ensure you’re getting the most from your oral hygiene efforts without damaging your smile.
Please call Evolve Dentistry to schedule your next dental appointment!