Proper oral hygiene is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, it is possible to brush your teeth too hard, which can actually cause damage to your oral health. Brushing techniques are something we take seriously here at Advanced Indiana, and we’ll usually ask you how you brush or floss your teeth. But, if you’re still not sure of the signs you’re brushing too hard, we’ve explained them to you here.
The Key Signs You’re Brushing Too Hard
If you notice that your gums are bleeding after brushing your teeth, this may be a sign that you’re brushing too hard and aggressively, damaging the gum tissue. Healthy gums should not bleed when you brush your teeth. If your gums bleed while you brush, this means you’re irritating your gumline and causing inflammation. Repeatedly brushing too hard will not allow your gums to heal, and thus they’ll continue to bleed.
There are several reasons teeth can be sensitive, but this is usually a key sign that you’re brushing too hard. Depending on the direction you’re brushing your teeth, you might be irritating the gums and causing irritation, which flares up in the form of a sensitive tooth. You can also wear away the enamel of your teeth by brushing too hard, which in turn makes your teeth sensitive to the outside environment, foods, and even brushing.
Healthy gums are pink in color and form a healthy gumline around every tooth to protect the roots. However, it is possible to cause gums to recede by brushing too hard. If this is happening, you may start to notice that the gums are pulling away from your teeth or appear to be shrinking, exposing more of a tooth. If this is the case, you’ll want to make an appointment with us right away to discuss your options and how you can change your brushing technique.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that causes inflammation, redness, and bleeding. If you have gum disease, it could be a sign that you’re brushing too hard. Aggressive brushing doesn’t just lead to everything above, but it also makes your gums more susceptible to infection. So, if we’ve ever discussed periodontal disease with you, make sure you ease up on your brushing pressure.
As we’ve already mentioned, brushing too hard can wear down the enamel of your teeth. But it can also make teeth shorter or more dull. Teeth will wear with age, but if you’re having pre-mature signs, then it’s likely that you’re brushing too hard at home. So, try shifting how you brush your teeth because the more your teeth wear down, the worse your dental health will become over time.