Is Brushing Too Often Something You Need to Worry About?
Posted on 9/30/2019 by Harry Albers, DDS
Good oral health is very important. It prevents many costly problems with your teeth and also can prevent medical problems as well. Aside from all that, good looking teeth help to boost your self-confidence. You probably already know the recommended routine.
Brush your teeth when you get up in the morning, and brush them again before you go to sleep. Do not forget to softly brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and your cheeks. You should also floss your teeth at least once a day. Swishing some mouthwash around doesn't hurt, if you do not overdo it.
How Often Is Too Often? When you brush your teeth, you are removing acids from the surface of your teeth, and you are removing food particles from between your teeth. The acids that are left on your teeth after you eat or drink, combine with the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth. When they combine, because you have not brushed your teeth, they form plaque, which eventually becomes tartar. This is the start of decaying teeth and why it is so important to brush.
If you brush too often, too hard, or use a hard-bristled brush, you may end up damaging the enamel on your teeth. The enamel is a covering that protects the “innards” of your teeth from bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Enamel is one of the hardest substances in your body, but it is not indestructible. If you brush too often or too hard, you can damage the enamel. Once damaged, bacteria can leach in and begin the decaying process.
There was a time when the American Dental Association recommended brushing three times a day. They changed this recommendation based on research that was done over the years. One thing you should get in the habit of doing is to keep track of new research done in the dental field. If that isn't your thing, make it a habit to ask us at each appointment if there is anything new that you should know about. We will be happy to keep you up to date.