Posted On 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
As the dentist always says, brushing your teeth regularly is the best way to keep them looking great and lasting a lifetime. But if you get carried away and start brushing your teeth too vigorously, you could be doing more harm than good. Here’s how to tell if you’re brushing your teeth too hard and, if so, how to get it right.
If you’re conscientious about your oral hygiene, that’s to be applauded. Brushing twice a day removes plaque and helps prevent tooth decay. Most people probably don’t think about whether it’s possible to brush their teeth too much. You might be surprised to learn, then, that there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to teeth brushing.
Brushing twice a day is important, but you also need to learn the proper techniques so you don’t destroy enamel or damage your gums.
Don’t forget to floss before or after you brush. Many dentists recommend using a dental rinse. Also, brushing or scraping your tongue helps keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Another great way to protect your teeth from over-brushing is to see your dentist regularly. Twice a year is recommended. If you have other dental problems like gum disease, you might want to schedule more frequent check-ups. Professional plaque build-up removal is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
To schedule a checkup and learn more about the proper techniques for brushing your teeth and protecting your oral health, contact Kanehl Dental Group today. Your smile and your gums will thank you!
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