Tooth brushing is something we’ve all developed as a positive habit. The importance of brushing our teeth was instilled in us as young children by our parents, dental hygienists, and dentists. But, I’m sometimes asked if it is possible to do too much.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adults should brush twice a day for two minutes each time.
Some people like to brush after every meal, and that’s a healthy choice as well. But when you start brushing too much or too long you could cause damage to your teeth.
Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it’s not invincible.
Over-brushing can cause teeth to become sensitive, cause enamel erosion, gum recession, and potentially prone to decay. Aside from your own brushing habits, the type of toothbrush you use is also important.
All toothbrushes are not created equally.
The American Dental Society tests manufacturers’ toothbrushes and provides a “Seal of Acceptance” for those they deem adequate and safe. When you purchase a toothbrush with this seal you’ll have the confidence that:
- It’s bristles are soft enough to not damage your enamel and gums.
- All of its components are safe for use in the mouth.
- It has shown it can provide a significant decrease in mild gum inflammation and plaque.
Regular professional exams and cleanings are just as important as brushing properly at home. If you don’t currently have a dental cleaning scheduled, please contact us at 979-968-9451 or request an appointment online.
Dr. Karen Roberts