Research shows that, at any point in time, 10 – 20% of Americans are damaging their gums and teeth with rough brushing. Many patients who visit us for checkups come from this demographic. The severity of each individual's symptoms depends on factors such as the intensity of the brushing strokes, how often you brush roughly, the abrasiveness of the toothpaste, etc. However, we always tailor our recommendations for restoration and recovery to each individual's unique situation.
But generally, patients who've been brushing too roughly are usually treated for issues like receding gums, worn enamel, tooth sensitivity, etc. That is because, when you brush too roughly, you abrade the outer layers of your teeth and gums, gradually exposing the most sensitive parts of your teeth and gums. With the enamels eroded and the sensitive root layers thinly veiled, you become more vulnerable to oral issues you have been trying to prevent with the hard brushing in the first place, including gum infection, cavities and tooth decay. For some, the damages to the gums and teeth can be reversed, but in other rarer cases, they might be irreversible.
How to Avoid the Dangers of Brushing Roughly?
If you've been brushing roughly but are yet to experience any of the negative effects of rough brushing, you still have enough time to correct your inappropriate brushing habit before any damage is done. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild toothpaste and apply gentle back and forth circular strokes at a 45-degree angle to your gumline. If you are using an electric toothbrush, simply roll the brush gently across all the surface of your teeth without applying any pressure, and let the electric toothbrush do its work.
If you are already noticing any of the above-mentioned signs of brushing too hard, you need to report it at our offices as soon as possible. We will assess the extent of the damage and recommend the most suitable recovery and restoration solution for you based on your unique personal needs.