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Consequences Of Brushing Teeth Too Hard

Answering the question “are you brushing your teeth too hard?” is a difficult one to answer. This is because when people brush their teeth, they’re not consciously unaware of whether they’re brushing teeth hard or soft. It is also very difficult to answer, especially if you’re unsure of the correct method of brushing your teeth to keep your oral health strong.

Brushing teeth hard doesn’t deliver better results. It is important to be aware of this. The harder you brush, the more oral health complications.

We explain why below.


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Brush Your Teeth Gently…

Brushing teeth hard is a common mistake that you’re unlikely to realise when doing it. Did you know brushing your teeth softly is considered to be three times as effective compared to brushing hard?

The majority of the work in cleaning your teeth is performed by the soft, flexible bristles that are designed on a toothbrush to cover the entire shape of your tooth. The soft bristles contract a large number of bacteria every time, and the harder you brush your teeth, the harder it is for the bristles to collect the bacteria. When the bristles become damaged, they stop working, and they’re only useful for spreading the bacteria on your teeth, which can cause dental plaque to build up.

The gums are also a vital part of your oral health.  When brushing teeth hard, your gums are likely to turn red and become swollen. Your gums are also likely to recede, allowing bacteria to penetrate, impacting your tooth enamel.

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The Recommended Brushing Technique

To ensure that you’re oral health blossoms with strong teeth and gums, avoid brushing teeth hard and follow the bellow steps for effective brushing.

  • Take your soft-bristle toothbrush and hold it at a 45 degree angle against the teeth
  • Gently brush your teeth using round circular strokes gradually from the front teeth to the back teeth
  • You will feel the bristles against your gums, remain gentle when the bristles touch your gums
  • Brush like this for a minimum of 2 minutes until all contours of your teeth have been brushed

Ensure that when you’re performing this brushing technique that you cover the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth. It is also recommended that you perform tongue scraping as well, whether this is with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Bacteria naturally land on your tongue throughout the day, causing bad breath. After you’ve brushed your teeth, spend some time scraping the bacteria of your teeth for fresher breath. Make sure you brush your teeth every night.

If you’re seeking advice on how you should be brushing your teeth correctly, Complete Family Dental is here to help you. Contact us here and let us help you maintain strong teeth and gums for a complete smile.