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

Bleeding Gums

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.

Sensitive Teeth

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.

Receding Gums

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

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.

Tooth Wear

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.

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Tips for Brushing Correctly

So, how can you avoid brushing too hard and improve your oral health? Here are some quick tips to get you started.

Use a Soft-Bristle Brush

Hard-bristle brushes can be too abrasive on the teeth and gums. So, you may consider switching to a soft-bristle brush instead.

Use a Circular Motion

Rather than brushing back and forth, try using a circular motion to gently clean your teeth. This can help reduce the risk of damage to your gums and tooth enamel.

Don’t Brush Too Often

While it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, brushing too often can actually be harmful. Aim to brush your teeth twice daily, once in the morning and once before bed.

Consider Going Electric

Electric toothbrushes can be gentler on the teeth and gums and can help reduce the risk of brushing too hard. Many electric toothbrushes have built-in timers and pressure sensors that can help you brush for the recommended two minutes and use the current pressure.

Use a Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s found in the enamel of your teeth. It can also protect your teeth from wear. So, by using fluoride toothpaste, you can strengthen your teeth and reduce damage.

Want More Tips on Dental Health? Contact Advanced Indiana!

Here at Advanced Indiana, we proudly serve residents throughout Indianapolis, Anderson, and Fortville, IN. We offer an array of dental care services that will help keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy. Brushing too hard is one of the most common habits our patients have, and if you’re concerned about your technique, we’ll gladly walk you through better solutions.

We can even talk to you about teeth whitening, dentures, and implants. Because your smile is important to us, and we want you to feel your best! Contact us today to schedule your next visit.

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