Oral health is essential in our day-to-day routine; brushing our teeth 3 times a day is part of the oral health habits our families taught us growing up. But are you doing it right? Do you know if you are brushing your teeth too hard? If you are unsure about it, you have the top 3 signs to tell you if you are brushing your teeth too hard.

Sign #1 Worn Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is known for being the hardest substance in our body. However, it can get damaged if you brush your teeth too hard. If you apply too much pressure, your tooth enamel can erode. Remember, this can not be repaired by itself once it has suffered considerable damage. 

Sign #2 Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums usually are a symptom of gingivitis. However, it also can be a sign that you are brushing your teeth too hard. Some people get so enthusiastic about oral health that they end up hurting their gums. They brush their teeth too often and too hard, which makes their gums more sensitive and irritated. 

Sign #3 Gum Recession

Another sign that you are brushing too hard is gum recession. Gum recession is when the gum tissue shrinks back; it makes the tooth roots exposed, which can get even worse, to the point of losing your teeth.

How To Brush Your Teeth Correctly?

To avoid any damage to your mouth, including the things mentioned above, you need to make sure you use the proper techniques when brushing your teeth. Here are a few tooth brushing techniques to help you clean your teeth properly.

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Be careful when you feel the bristles against your gum; make sure you don’t smash them down.
  • If you hold the toothbrush with your non-dominant hand, you can decrease the intensity when brushing your teeth.
  • Buy and use a new toothbrush at least every 3 months; having an old toothbrush can harm your gums, and you won’t be able to clean your teeth efficiently.

Book An Appointment in Sherman Oaks Dentistry

Dr. Perlaza has been educating his patients, residents in Sherman Oaks about good oral health habits for over 20 years. He specializes in advanced cosmetic dentistry. You can book a free consultation if you are a new patient, he will be more than glad to check your teeth and give you recommendations on keeping your oral health on point.