Many make the mistake of brushing their pearly whites too fast, too much, or too rough.
Some believe this allows the teeth to be brushed quicker and more effectively, but this is not the case.
Just like brushing too slowly and too softly, overbrushing can be harmful for your teeth and even your general oral health.
How is overbrushing harmful for my teeth and oral health?
The faster and harder your brush your teeth, the more likely you are to wear away the enamel layer of your teeth. The enamel layer is important because it protects the teeth from receiving cavities, from permanent tooth discoloration, and even from tooth sensitivity. This can essentially be a risky and painful thing to deal with.
Wearing this layer away can result in permanent enamel deterioration. Like our permanent, adult teeth, the enamel layer of our pearly whites will not “grow back.” If it is deteriorated, dentists can provide treatment to build up the enamel and strengthen it, but once it’s completely gone, it cannot come back. Special toothpastes for sensitive teeth will be a must.
In addition to the deterioration of your tooth enamel, brushing too fast or too aggressively often means the tooth brusher is not thoroughly brushing each and every spot: Front, behind, top, and bottom of the teeth at each and every angle. It’s not uncommon for those who brush too rough for their teeth to feel gritty after brushing their teeth. This grittiness is plaque that has yet to be thoroughly brushed away.
Leaving this plaque to sit on the teeth for long periods of time not only increases your general oral bacteria count in your mouth, but it also risks your plaque turning into a more permanent form of oral bacteria known as tartar. Tartar can only be scraped away by your dentist and is generally unattractive. While plaque is not visible to the naked eye, tartar is the color of teeth but is very noticeable, especially when it forms within the cracks and spaces of the teeth. This can also account for bad breath (halitosis) and an increased risk of numerous oral-related conditions and diseases.
How can I ensure I don’t overbrush my teeth?
It’s important that you continue brushing your teeth twice a day, maybe three times at the most. In addition to this, it’s vital that you understand how fast and how rough to brush to ensure you don’t damage your teeth yet that you get your pearly whites clean enough for the best oral health possible.
Remember that dentists advise that brushing for two minutes is ideal. This should allow you plenty of time to reach every angle and corner of your teeth and tongue. You should be placing enough pressure on the teeth to clean, but if you notice your toothbrush’s bristles fraying quickly, this is a sign you’re applying too much pressure on your teeth. Your teeth should not be gritty after brushing, and your teeth shouldn’t be in pain or feel sore either.