The American Dental Association recommends that adults brush their teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. It’s not uncommon for some people to brush after every meal or sometime in the middle of the day, and that’s good too. These are healthy habits, but when you start brushing too much or too long you could cause damage to your teeth.
Excessive amounts of brushing may lead to wearing down enamel or damage to your gums.
Being aware of how much is too much is an important key to a healthy mouth. Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it’s not completely invincible. Over-brushing can cause teeth to become sensitive and prone to decay. Prevent enamel erosion and gum recession.
All toothbrushes are not designed equally. Look for a toothbrush with the American Dental Society Seal of Acceptance. When you purchase a toothbrush that has earned this shield you’ll know:
- The toothbrush has shown it can provide a significant decrease in mild gum inflammation and plaque.
- Its bristles are soft enough to not cause damage to your enamel and gums when not consistently over-brushing.
- All of the toothbrush components have been deemed safe for use in the mouth.
Aside from choosing the right toothbrush and not over-brushing, regular professional exams and cleanings will also help keep your mouth healthy.
If you don’t currently have a dental cleaning scheduled, please contact us at 440-354-07075 or request an appointment online.
Patrick J Soria, DDS