A habit of brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once is very important when it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene.
If you do this without fail, you need a pat on the back for the good care you have been giving your oral hygiene. However, it is possible to take this step too far and actually over brush your teeth. Yes, too much of everything is poisonous, and hygiene can be too much of a thing.
If you have sensitive teeth, using the toothbrush or brushing your teeth too hard can worsen the symptoms. This is where proper hygiene techniques come to play. Brushing your teeth too hard can bring about problems with tooth sensitivity.
What to Watch Out For? If you begin to notice any changes in your gum line, there is a chance that you might be brushing your teeth too hard. The receding gums leave some parts of the tooth uncovered, which were initially covered. This may result in sensitivity and cold around these exposed areas. If your teeth are not as bright closer to the gums, it means the root surface has lost its enamel. This will gradually lessen the white color of your teeth.
Protecting Your Gums
Popular toothbrush brands are mostly medium to hard bristle. Unknown to many consumers, these toothbrushes can damage the gums and cause recession. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles helps to reduce gum damage. If you have the means, having an electric toothbrush can be a good alternative as well. An electric toothbrush acts as a guide to the toothbrush over your teeth thus preventing gum damaging. Be careful not to use back and forth motions with electric toothbrushes.
Lastly, you can try to hold your toothbrush using three fingers when brushing your teeth. This reduces the pressure applied on the teeth during cleaning, as you do not need to press very hard to remove germs. In the event that you notice any of the signs to watch out for, make sure to call us to get the best professional advice.