Am I Brushing My Teeth Too Hard?

February 27, 2021 2:42 pm

If you want to avoid dental disease and keep your teeth clean and healthy, follow these tips to establish effective brushing technique.

  1. Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
  2. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, which will clean your teeth and gums without damaging them. Whether you choose a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush is based on your personal preference and budget.

    A manual toothbrush can effectively clean your teeth if you brush with proper technique and for a full two minutes each time. However, many patients find electric toothbrushes are easier to handle and more enjoyable to use since they take over much of the “work” of brushing. Electric toothbrushes can be especially helpful for children, patients with special needs, and seniors with limited mobility.

  3. Brush in Gentle Circles
  4. If you notice receding gums or sensitive teeth, you may be brushing too hard. Don’t brush your teeth in an aggressive sawing motion. Instead of brushing quickly back-and-forth, brush in gentle circles. When you brush too hard on your teeth, you run the risk of damaging your enamel and your gums, which can actually bring about more problems for your teeth.

  5. Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes Each Time
  6. It can be easy to rush through brushing your teeth. But we recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time. Watch the clock, set a timer, or choose an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer.

  7. Remember Your Tongue
  8. Don’t forget to brush your tongue! This is another place in your mouth that bacteria and food particles can accumulate. Additionally, regularly check your tongue for abnormal patches, sores, and full mobility.

  9. Floss Every Day
  10. You should floss your teeth at least once a day to remove debris from between your teeth and under the gumline. Daily flossing is a critical part of preventing tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease!

Pediatric Dentistry in Laredo, TX

One of the best ways to confirm you’re brushing your teeth properly is to visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and examinations. At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we cater specifically to the unique needs of younger patients and would be happy to instruct your child on how to brush their teeth effectively at home.

We’re proud to offer affordable, comprehensive dental care for children of all ages in a comfortable, kid-friendly office. We also offer orthodontics for patients of all ages. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with us!

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