Dr. Paul Perella, DMD

IS IT POSSIBLE TO "OVERBRUSH" YOUR TEETH?

We all know brushing your teeth is an important part of keeping your mouth healthy. Brushing 2 times a day is the optimal amount of toothbrushing for reducing plaque, keeping gums healthy, etc. However, more and more dentists across the U.S. and several other countries are noticing a disturbing trend appropriately known as "over-brushing."

Signs of Overbrushing

According to a Huffington Post article, by Suzette Standring, the trend has been present for the past few decades, and is now at an all time high. The two most common indicators of over-brushing are: heightened tooth sensitivity and tooth enamel damage.

It's Not the Toothbrush's Fault

You may be wondering what causes the nasty effects produced by over-brushing, and it's not the toothbrush causing the heightened sensitivity and reduction in tooth enamel. Blame it on the toothpaste. Dentists speculate that the tooth whitening craze in recent years has spawned a great number of abrasive toothpastes on the market. Dental product companies are engaged in a cutthroat battle for tooth whitening supremacy. As a result, some harsh and unsafe products are flooding the market. The effects of harsh toothpaste are compounded by the excessive amount of toothpaste and vigorous brushing habits of the average brusher.

Don't Be a Victim of Overbrushing

Thankfully, avoiding over-brushing is not difficult. A little common sense goes a long way in this case. If your dentist recommends you brush 2 times a day, brush 2 times a day. Secondly, do not use excessive amounts of toothpaste. Most dental professionals recommend using only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with each brushing. Finally, slow down and be gentle. Too much pressure is never good, but you also want to make sure you're really brushing the teeth, gums and tongue adequately.

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