Why you Shouldn’t Brush too hard

You’ve probably been told a lot, ever since you were young, that you got to brush your teeth. Hat you need to scrub to get those cavities off, that brushing with an intent is the best way to do this. Most of the time, we’re told that we need to get every single surface, and this leads to us brushing a whole lot. There is underbrushing, which means you don’t brush enough, but there is also the problem with overbrushing, which means you’re brushing too much and too hard onto the surface. Why is this a problem? Well, you’re about to find out.

Now, the trouble with overbrushing is the fact that it suffers from the aspect of too much of a good thing. Obviously, brushing is how you get the nasty plaque off of your teeth, and it keeps them nice and clean as well, along with improving the oral health. However, if you brush too hard, it causes the enamel to break down, increases the sensitivity, and it will push back the gum line. You might believe this is a minor situation, but it actually causes gum disease and decay on the teeth if you do this for a long time. Along with that, the treatments for this are incredibly invasive and expensive. The last thing you want is a dental extraction or a root canal, so it’s best if you heed this warning and watch out for brushing too hard.

Now, the reason why people do this is because they assume that the harder you go at brushing, the cleaner your teeth will be. That isn’t the case. Actually, plaque is the combination of saliva, bacteria, and various particles of food that are collected on the oral surfaces. It is very soft actually, and you could even use a rag to wipe this away. However, the teeth contain cracks and crevices, which is why you got to use a toothbrush.

On the other hand, tartar is what forms when you don’t remove plaque from the surface areas of the teeth. This will build up, harden, and you need to get it removed by the dentist. These two are often confused which is why people brush too hard. Only a dentist can remove tartar though, and the brush only gets rid of plaque. You need to brush smarter, not harder.

There are a few ways you can avoid overbrushing your teeth. The first thing to do is to get the toothbrush that you need. Ideally, one of those soft brushes with rounded bristles will remove plaque without affecting the teeth. You might need harder bristles in rare circumstances, and if you have questions about this, obviously talk to your Eugene dentist.

When brushing your teeth, you might notice that most people hold it in a fist, and do a back and forth motion. You should actually be holding between the thumb and the forefinger at an angle of about 45 degrees and brush at an angle towards the gum line in gentle circles. It might seem wrong, but it’s actually correct.

Also do a pattern. It’s best to have a routine. Start with the top and work your way back on each side, going left, and then maybe right. Do this and make sure that you also get your tongue scrubbed as well. Figure out what pattern works for you, but follow it, so that you don’t leave any surface unclean.

Finally, make sure that you leave yourself enough time. You actually need about two to here minutes. You can set a timer or use a song to make sure that you get enough time. This is one of the common reasons why overbrushing happens, since often most people take less than a minute to brush, which isn’t correct. Give yourself enough time, and you won’t have to worry about overbrushing.

Overbrushing is something that you do need to watch out for, and it’s important that you take your time and ensure that you’re taking care of your teeth. Do this, and do this effectively, for you’ll be able to take care of all of this quickly, and to a great result, which will help your teeth.