Overaggressive Brushing and Gum Disease
From the time you were little, you’ve probably been told to brush your teeth. It’s an important habit for children and adults alike. But is it possible to brush your teeth too much or too hard?
What Is Overaggressive Brushing?
When a person brushes his or her teeth too often, for too long, or too aggressively, a condition can develop known as toothbrush abrasion. Toothbrush abrasion refers to the damage done to tooth enamel and the gums due to overaggressive brushing.
How do you know if you have been brushing too aggressively? Some of the telltale signs are:
- Teeth become more sensitive as the enamel wears.
- Roots become visible. You can tell because your teeth may be a different color closer to the gum line.
- Teeth appear longer because the gums are wearing away.
- Gaps may appear between teeth as the gums recede.
You will notice that most of these are the same symptoms of a receding gum line.
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How Can Overaggressive Brushing Lead to Gum Disease?
The effects of overaggressive brushing leads to reduced enamel and a receding gum line, gum disease can set in. As the teeth become more sensitive and the gums recede, plaque gets into tougher to get to areas of the mouth. This plaque eventually hardens into tartar. This can progress to gingivitis which is a precursor to gum disease. Finally, gum (periodontal) disease sets in – an infection in the gums.
What symptoms should you look out for in determining if gum disease has set in?
- Gums become red and swollen, more so than with gingivitis which is inflammation without the infection.
- Gums bleed while brushing and flossing.
- Bad breath (halitosis) becomes consistent.
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How to Brush the Right Way
- Choose the Right Toothbrush – A hard bristle brush can damage enamel or the Skin of Your Teeth® (gums) with less effort. Using a soft bristle brush such as the PeriClean Ultra-Soft Toothbrush is a much gentler experience for your teeth and gums.
- Brush Regularly, Not Harder – One mistake people make is thinking they can make up for infrequent brushing by scrubbing harder. It doesn’t take a lot of pressure to brush away bacteria when you brush at least twice per day. Brushing harder only hurts your teeth and gums.
- Use the Right Angle – A 45-degree angle to the gum line allows for maximum removal of plaque at the gum line.
- Don’t Forget to Floss – Flossing can get to bacteria that brushing can’t. Remember that the same principle applies to flossing – floss regularly, not harder.
We wouldn’t think of scrubbing the most sensitive parts of our skin with a scouring pad, so why scrub the Skin of Your Teeth® with a hard bristle brush? The PeriClean Ultra-Soft Toothbrush just makes sense when it comes to treating your gums right. So brush your teeth smarter instead of harder, and avoid overaggressive brushing.
PeriClean does not prevent nor treat gum diseases. Use a PeriClean ultra-soft toothbrush to clean your teeth as part of an active effort to avoid receding gums.