Brushing your teeth is an important part of good dental health. Regular tooth brushing removes food particles left on the surface of teeth and inside the mouth after meals, so bacteria which can cause plaque formation can be stopped from multiplying. However, are you aware that brushing your teeth using an aggressive technique can be harmful? You might just want to make sure that your pearly white teeth are clean, but brushing teeth too hard can lead to dental problems that can have long-term effects on your smile.
How much harm can aggressive tooth brushing bring to your smile? When you brush your teeth too hard, you are contributing to premature tooth enamel erosion. The enamel is the tooth’s hard outer covering; this hard shell protects the more sensitive inner parts of the tooth, which includes the nerves. Brushing your teeth too hard can make the enamel progressively thinner, leading to the exposure of the dentin and the tooth nerves. Exposure of the inner part of the tooth often results in sensitive teeth, which can be quite uncomfortable. Another result of an aggressive tooth brushing technique is the exposure of the tooth roots due to gum recession, which will also lead to painful teeth sensitivity issues.
So, what is the best way to brush the teeth? Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that can clean your teeth yet still be gentle to the tooth enamel. Using short, wide strokes, gently move the toothbrush back on forth across the surface of your teeth. Don’t use too much pressure or force when you brush your teeth – your smile will thank you for this!