Signs You're Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

While undergoing teeth cleanings and dental check-ups in Lake Stevens WA, patients are frequently told how vital it is to brush their teeth twice per day, every day. If you follow this advice and clean your teeth morning and night, then you should feel proud of your dental care habits. However, some people take this oral care step too far and manage to overbrush their teeth. To learn if you may be among those who brush their teeth too hard, watch for these signs: dentist - cleaning

Receding Gums

Gum recession has several potential causes, and one of them is overbrushing. Brushing your teeth too hard can damage the delicate gum tissue and cause it to recede backward, and this process can cause teeth to look longer and feel sensitive, as well as lead to swollen, red, or tender gums. Your gums play a critical role in supporting and protecting your teeth, so if you think you may be suffering from this condition, then ask about your treatment options during your next dental office visit.

Sensitive Teeth

Tooth enamel helps give you a bright smile, but it’s also responsible for protecting your teeth. If you brush your teeth aggressively, you may wear down the enamel and expose the sensitive dentin underneath, which can lead to tooth sensitivity. Also, as mentioned, overbrushing can cause tooth sensitivity due to gum recession, and this happens because the gums no longer cover the entire tooth root. Exposed tooth roots can be both uncomfortable and put you at greater risk for cavities, so it’s best not to ignore this symptom of overbrushing.

Bleeding Gums

Lastly, one of the most common signs of aggressive tooth brushing is bleeding gums. Contrary to what many people believe, it’s not normal for gums to bleed during brushing. Bleeding gums are often a symptom of gingivitis and poor oral hygiene, but they can also signal that you’re brushing your teeth too hard. If you clean your teeth consistently and find that your gums are swollen, red, or tend to bleed, then consider brushing more gently and switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush.

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