Negative Effects of Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

Are you guilty of using hard bristle toothbrush and scrubbing your teeth too hard because you thought this is how you get rid of plaque and bad breath? If your answer is yes, you are probably brushing your teeth the wrong way.


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Brushing your teeth too hard or using the wrong toothbrush can damage both your teeth and gums. It could lead to one of these dental problems:

  • Receding gums

One of the reasons why your gums are receding is overbrushing. You could harm your delicate gum tissue by brushing your teeth too hard. Gum recession can cause painful sensitivity or tooth loss.

When it comes to your gums, gentle brushing maneuvers is all you need. It is better than doing it aggressively. 


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  • Sensitive Teeth

Having sensitive teeth is not at all fun! You’ll feel a discomfort whenever you are eating an icecream or a hot coffee. You can only eat food that are room temperature. Brushing too harshly can lead your teeth to being too sensitive. 

If you brush your teeth too hard, you may wear down the enamel on your teeth.. Your enamel is responsible for protecting your teeth and once it is weakened, it may lead to tooth sensitivity.


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  • Bleeding Gums

The most common effect of brushing too hard is bleeding gums. If your gums are bleeding whenever you brush your teeth, it may be a symptom of gingivitis or poor oral hygiene. It could also mean that you are being too aggressive with your teeth. You might as well consider using a softer bristle toothbrush.


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How to prevent brushing your teeth too hard?

  • Use soft or extra soft bristle toothbrush.
  • Be gentle with your brushing.
  • Regularly change your toothbrush.
  • Use electric toothbrush.
  • Always remember to brush smarter not harder!


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