The truth about overbrushing

You know that brushing your teeth regularly is essential for optimum dental health. But, you should be aware that too much of a good thing can sometimes be unhealthy, too. For instance, dental professionals have warned about over-brushing, and the possible effects it may have on your gums and teeth.

Using your tooth brush too enthusiastically may cause the enamel of your teeth to wear out, exposing your dentin and making your teeth more sensitive. Too much pressure when brushing may also cause your gums to recede, which poses risk of gum diseases. In fact, some dentists suggest that you should not be brushing your teeth for longer than two minutes, and that pressure should be as gentle as 150 grams, which is comparable to the weight of an orange.

Your oral health is a reflection of your overall wellness. To know more about caring for your gums and teeth, visit Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. and his team for a comprehensive dental check-up. Call (512) 259-3365 to set up an appointment today.