The Problem with Over Brushing

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The Problem with Over Brushing

Regular brushing and flossing every day is a critical part of keeping up proper oral health. There are many people though, whose brushing habits are actually detrimental to their teeth and gums. When you brush your teeth, if you do so too aggressively or with too much pressure you could set yourself up to develop some painful oral conditions. Brushing is essential, but when doing so, it is incredibly important that this action is done correctly.

To learn more about if you are brushing improperly and how to brush your teeth the right way, schedule a visit with McBride Dental. McBride Dental is a San Marcos general dentistry office that has been caring for the community’s oral health needs since 1993. McBride Dental prides itself on providing personalized, comprehensive dental services to the greater San Marcos and San Diego areas. McBride Dental has been honored to have the opportunity to help patients fix, preserve, and maintain healthy smiles.

What Problems Does Over Brushing Cause?

The Problem with Over BrushingThere are several problems that can develop when you over brush or incorrectly brush your teeth including:

  • Using a medium or harder toothbrush combined with high-pressure brushing can wear away your tooth’s protective enamel. This will make your teeth much more sensitive to temperature and even texture. If you notice pain in your teeth when you eat or drink, you can speak with the San Marcos dentist at McBride Dental to learn more about how to fix the problem.
  • Not only does forceful brushing wear your enamel down but it also causes your gums to recede. When the gums are degraded they will allow for root exposure. The open area surrounding your teeth where your gums used to provide protection makes for the ideal situation for tooth decay to get to your roots. This can lead to periodontal disease. The good news is, that your general dentist can help you treat gum recession before it turns into a serious oral health concern.

Teeth brushing is necessary and meaningful for the health of one’s teeth, tongue, and gums. It helps with bad breath, it keeps teeth strong, and it makes our smiles shine. However, if tooth brushing isn’t done properly it can lead to other forms of oral damage. Through the use of gentle movements over the teeth and potentially with a soft-bristled brush, you can reduce the deleterious effects to the tooth enamel and gums that would otherwise occur with harsh, hard brushing. 

Not only should you brush twice per day at a minimum, and do so for approximately two minutes, but you should also remember to floss. Flossing cleans the debris that can accumulate between the teeth. Then, seeing your San Marcos dentist twice per year to have your mouth examined will help you maintain good oral health.

Schedule An Appointment with a California Dentist Today

McBride Dental is a San Diego dentist that provides general and family dentistry along with many other helpful dental services and treatments. Call the San Diego dentists at McBride Dental today to schedule an appointment at (760) 471-1003. 

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