Since we were young, the importance of brushing our teeth is ingrained into our minds by our parents, public service announcements, dental hygienists, and dentists. However, is it possible to do too much of a good thing?
Upon the recommendation of The American Dental Association, adults should brush their teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. It’s not uncommon for some people to brush after every meal or sometime in the middle of the day, between the first-thing-in-the-morning brushing and the before-bed brushing, and that’s good too. These are healthy habits, but when you start brushing too much or too long you could cause damage to your teeth.
Excessive amounts of brushing may lead to enamel wearing down or damage to your gums.
Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it’s not completely invincible. Over-brushing can cause teeth to become sensitive and prone to decay. Being aware of how much is too much is an important key to a healthy mouth.
Prevent enamel erosion and gum recession.
All toothbrushes are not designed equally. Look for a toothbrush with the American Dental Society Seal of Acceptance. When you purchase a toothbrush that has earned this shield you’ll know:
- The toothbrush has shown it can provide a significant decrease in mild gum inflammation and plaque.
- Its bristles are soft enough to not cause damage to your enamel and gums when not consistently over-brushing.
- All of the toothbrush components have been deemed safe for use in the mouth.
Aside from choosing the right toothbrush and not over-brushing, regular professional exams and cleanings will also help keep your mouth healthy.
If you don’t currently have a dental cleaning scheduled, please contact us at 828-631-3283 or request an appointment online.
David S. McGuire, DDS