5 Signs That You Are Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard, And 5 Simple Fixes for It
Brushing your teeth really hard to remove plaque and other leftover remnants of the food you ate is not exactly helpful. Plaque is actually really soft and can easily be removed with a piece of cloth. The only reason why you need a toothbrush to brush your teeth is so that you can reach and clean all the corners of your mouth efficiently. This means that it’s not necessary to apply tons of pressure while brushing your teeth but just give it a thorough brushing.
If you brush your teeth too hard it could damage your gums and cause other problems as well. When you over-brush your teeth, your mouth will give you 5 common signs to notice and stop doing that immediately.
1 Your toothbrush’s bristles are worn out
The most common cause of dental abrasion is due to toothbrush abrasion. Many people brush their teeth in the wrong way by either brushing too hard or they simply use hard-bristled toothbrushes which almost always damage their teeth. If you notice your new toothbrush looking worn out only after a few weeks of use, then it probably is because you’re brushing your teeth too forcefully with it. Remember that toothbrush’s need to be replaced every 3-4 months.
2Your gums begin receding
The enamel is what protects all your teeth, but it can be severely damaged by extensive brushing. Harming your enamel will only lead to your gums receding which will expose the roots of your teeth. This can be dangerous as the roots are sensitive and if it is exposed too much then you might need to add fillings or root canals later. In the worst case you might have to have those teeth that are no longer healthy, extracted. Dentists say that around 10% to 20% of the world’s population has already damaged their teeth by over-brushing.
3Your teeth near the gums don’t appear bright or shiny
If your teeth appear a bit darker under your gums, then it is because they aren’t protected by the enamel layer any longer. So, when your gums recede and the bottom layer of your teeth become visible, they appear to be more yellow, or darker in color. The absence of the enamel layer exposes them to all kinds of bacteria and germs. This problem compromises the entire health of your teeth.