Yep, it’s true: Vigorous brushing is bad for you. “But I thought it would get my teeth extremely clean!” you exclaim in defeat! We understand. It makes sense to assume that the more effort and force you throw into dental hygiene, the cleaner you should be able to get your teeth. Here’s what you’re not realizing, though: Proper cleansing that doesn’t end up damaging your oral tissues requires only gentle, consistent daily care. Not sure if you’re brushing too hard or too soft, now that we’ve thrown this detail into the mix? We can help.
Sign #1: Your Toothbrush Is Demolished
By the end of the three or four months that you use your toothbrush before starting with a new one (which we recommend), your brush might look a little bit worn and the bristles lightly frayed. However, if your brush bristles look frayed quite quickly or if your brush appears destroyed after those few months, you’re definitely applying too much pressure.
Sign #2: Your Gums Are Receding
Does it look like you can see more of your tooth tissue than you used to be able to see? If your gums are pulling back to reveal more of your teeth, you may be dealing with gum recession that occurs due to aggressive brushing. Become super gentle with your dental hygiene (and call us right away for a visit).
Sign #3: We Say So
A very obvious sign that your dental hygiene is too vigorous: We see you for a dental checkup and we tell you that you’re too intense with your care. Don’t worry, it’s a common issue! We will be happy to provide you with easy-to-accomplish suggestions for complete, safe dental care at home.
Fix Up Your Dental Hygiene Habits With Advice During Checkups
Improve your hygiene and your approach to dental care by gathering up new information and tips from our practice during your visits. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.