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August Newsletter

How Can I Tell if I'm Brushing Too Hard?

close-up of teeth with gum recession Before

Abnormal brushing of the gum tissue creating a gum recession defect

close-up of teeth with healthy gums After

Gum recession defect corrected

Many patients believe that brushing harder will give them a more thorough cleaning and remove more plaque. However, brushing with too much force is known as “toothbrush abrasion” and it can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and receding gums. When they recede, it wears away gum tissue from the tooth’s root, creating enamel wear of the teeth. These areas are perfect for bacteria to breed in, leaving you more prone to dental cavities.

When left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures will become damaged and cause periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Ironically, patients who think they’re taking better care of their mouth by using more force are actually putting themselves at higher risk of dental disease.

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