Are You Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard?

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Your dental professional has probably told you time and again that brushing your teeth two times a day is an essential step in maintaining clean teeth and good overall oral health. What they may not have told you, however, is that it is possible to apply too much force when you brush your teeth. Applying an excessive amount of pressure when you are brushing your pearly whites could potentially harm your gums, a dental issue that cannot be fixed except with a surgical procedure. 

Listed below are some common signs that indicate you are brushing your teeth too hard and easy ways to correct the problem. 

How to Tell if You Are Brushing Too Hard

Your Gum Line is Receding

Are You Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard?

Receding gums are usually a dead giveaway that you have been brushing your teeth with too much force. If you think you have noticed gradual changes in the length of your gums, it is likely that you are brushing way too hard. 

Your Teeth Are More Sensitive

If certain spots on your teeth have recently begun to more sensitive or feel colder than the rest of your teeth then you may be brushing too hard. This coldness occurs when your gum line recedes because it leaves areas of your teeth exposed that, until that time, have been covered up by the soft tissue that makes up your gums.

How to Stop Brushing Too Hard

Buy a Toothbrush That Has Softer Bristles

Although plenty of people prefer to use toothbrushes that have medium or even hard bristles, they can easily cause injury to your gums as well as cause them to recede. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush can help to prevent this serious dental issue.

Buy an Electric Toothbrush

When electric toothbrushes are used properly, they are a good way to avoid damaging your gums. This is because an electric toothbrush only needs to be guided across your teeth without applying any pressure which saves time, energy, and gum line. 

At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.

It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.

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