How Can Brushing Too Hard Affect My Gums? | Dentist San Diego

Maintaining a healthy smile starts with brushing your teeth twice a day. However, excessively harsh brushing can sometimes damage your teeth and gums. In order to alleviate future gum problems, our dental office advises patients on proper brushing techniques. Let’s take a look at how brushing too hard can affect your gums.

What are the effects of brushing your teeth too hard on your gums?

If you brush your teeth too vigorously, you may cause your gums to recede or shrink back. Symptoms of gum recession include exposed tooth roots or teeth that appear longer than usual, which can negatively affect the appearance of your smile. A receding gum line may increase your risk of tooth decay and make you more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, as well as many other external factors.

Gum recession isn’t the only problem caused by vigorous brushing. Tooth enamel can also be worn down as a result. While tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in the body, brushing too hard can slowly erode it, resulting in irreparable damage. The result is usually dark or yellowish-looking teeth, increased tooth sensitivity, and a higher risk of tooth decay.

What Are the Signs That You Are Brushing Too Hard?

You can determine whether you are brushing your teeth too hard by examining your toothbrush. You may be brushing too hard if your bristles are flat and frayed while still new. Harsh brushing can result in sore or bleeding gums; a receding gum line that exposes more of your teeth when you smile; and dull teeth as a result of enamel wear.

What is the best way to brush your teeth?

For safe and effective tooth brushing, follow these tips:

  • Make sure you use a soft-bristled, high-quality toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association.
  • You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, thoroughly but gently.
  • Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle against your gum line in a circular, up-and-down motion.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue and your gum line. 
  • In order to prevent mold and germs from growing on your toothbrush, store it in an open container.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed, flat, or damaged.

Our dental office can teach you how to brush your teeth properly for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Don’t forget to schedule your regular dental exams and cleanings. We’ll make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy together. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment!

Paul Taylor, DMD- Advanced Dentistry
Phone: (858) 496-7521
4320 Genesee Ave., Suite 101
San Diego , CA 92117