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Negative Effects of Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

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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!


Best Foods For A Toothache?

Best Foods For A Toothache?

What’s the most annoying pain that can cause constant discomfort to your body? Mouth pain and toothaches. It’s the one thing that habits what you can and want to eat because of a sore or tooth pain. How do you make the discomfort stop? What foods can you eat to lower this annoyance? Well, we have the answers so go ahead, read on.

What causes a toothache anyway?

There are multiple explanations as to why you can feel a toothache. This can range from cavities to abscesses, but also simply from a trip to the dentist or wisdom teeth removal. A toothache overall is caused by inflammation of the central most part of the tooth called the pulp. All connected, the pulp can become inflamed because of cavities and the slow process of rotting teeth. Infected gums are another factor that can cause a toothache because since the tooth is surrounded by the gum, if the gum is irritated then it’ll automatically affect the tooth at its core.

Symptoms of a toothache

Tooth pain can be apparent upon noticing the swelling of your gums around your teeth. You may feel sharp pain, throbbing and sensitivity when anything touches your tooth or the surrounding area. You may experience fever or headaches and a bad taste in the mouth from a possible infected tooth. Then the obvious, pain with chewing and sensitivity to hot and/or cold substances. Notice these symptoms and seek help from a dentist if they continue.

Foods that will help

Ever wish you were given a list of foods to eat when you have a toothache and mouth pain? 

Well here ya go:

  • Cottage cheese
  • Applesauce
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Puddings, custards and gelatin
  • Oatmeal
  • Soft fruits
  • Milkshakes and smoothies


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I think you get the picture. Overall, you want to eat soft foods that require less chewing and harsh impact on your teeth. These should be easy to chew and swallow.

Foods that will NOT help

Here is what you should stay away from:

  • Oranges and grapefruits - any fruit that has high citrus
  • Raw vegetables
  • Granola
  • Spicy and salty foods
  • Commercial mouthwashes that contain alcohol

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Any food that is rough, hard, high acidity and high citrus, spicy, etc. are what you want to stay away from because they will cause the most mouth pain.

Eating suggestions

Here are some extra tips and tricks as to how you can prepare your food:

  • Cook foods until soft and tender
  • Rinse your mouth with water to remove leftover food
  • Cut your food into smaller pieces
  • Use a blender or food processor to breakdown food
  • Suck on ice chips

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At the end of the day, good hygiene including teeth cleaning, will disperse and lower the possibility of mouth pain and toothaches. Let’s work together to avoid this problem by interacting with products tested and proven to keep your teeth clean. Visit our “shop” page on the AutoBrush website to check out the products we offer to ensure a healthy mouth and bright smile.

Can I Have Dessert Every Night?

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  1. The effects of sugar on teeth.
  2. Is there a work around?
  3. Our Tips


Everyone loves dessert. Some people even seem to have a second stomach for it; feeling full to the brim after a good meal, but suddenly having room for more when the dessert menu is presented. It has, literally, a psychological grip on our minds and stomachs. But what about our teeth? How much does eating dessert daily really impact our dental health?

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The effects of sugar on teeth.

It’s no secret that sugar is a tooth’s worst enemy; the top culprit for the plaque that can eventually become its demise. How? Well it’s not only you who can develop a sugar addiction or craving. The very bacteria left on teeth and gums crave sugar just as strongly, and would be eyeing that slice of chocolate cake if they could. They feed off of the sugar you intake, which allows them to thrive and flourish in your mouth, eventually corroding your teeth and gums. Maintaining this level of sugar consumption can lead to several dental health issues, from cavities to gum disease to tooth loss.

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Is there a work around?

Clearly the consequences of high sugar consumption can both start and end in our mouths, but is it necessarily bad to have just one dessert per day? If we treat our teeth with the utmost care, flossing and brushing twice a day, it’ll be sure to rid our mouths of sugar-craving bacteria. However, the average person does not take a full 2 minutes to manually scrub each and all surface areas of their teeth; they simply do not have the time. It is therefore still considered very high-risk by dental professionals to have sweets daily. Especially if that dessert is rich in sugar, fructose corn syrup, or sweeteners.

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Our Tips

  1. Make sure your dessert isn’t always necessarily high in sugar content. Think fruit ice pops, yogurt parfaits, or yum - frozen grapes!
  2. Try to pair your dessert with a glass of milk. It goes great with that slice of chocolate cake and adds calcium and protection to your tooth enamel.
  3. Use AutoBrush: Why? Because it’s the first and only smart toothbrush to automatically cover all surface spots for precise brushing and whitening, everytime. Since it attacks all spots simultaneously, you only need to brush for 30 seconds, your quickest and easiest way to daily, dental-grade cleaning!

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