A Dental Habit You Need To Break

Here is one dental habit that you must break before it’s too late.

Brushing your teeth too hard is a huge dental habit that you need to put a stop to.

We hear many stories of patients damaging their teeth because they are brushing them too hard. This is common as people assume that brushing your teeth harder will help keep your teeth healthy, but that is not the case.

Also known as ‘toothbrush abrasion’, brushing vigorously can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums. This then, in turn, exposes the sensitive root area. Receding gums can also lead to periodontal disease and cavities, potentially causing the need for fillings, root canals and tooth extraction.

Enamel is what helps protect your teeth from chewing, biting, and grinding. Teeth are sensitive without it so everyday tasks become very difficult and this can lead to great pain.

Another problem with vigorous brushing is the technological advancements within toothbrush design. New toothbrushes feature round-headed bristles. These can become blunt as time passes and scratch your teeth in the cleaning process. Brushing your teeth with force exemplifies this issue. This sometimes causing irreplaceable damage, which is another reason why you must put a stop to brushing with force.

Here at Roy Morris Dental, we provide expert advice and treatment for people of all ages who have been affected by vigorous brushing and the effects it can cause.