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It may sometimes feel like all dentists ever do is tell you to brush, brush, brush and floss, floss, floss! First thing in the morning, last thing before bed, it seems like all that you ever do is brush and floss and brush some more. Well, today we’re here to tell you that, believe it or not, there can be such a thing as too much brushing.
This is the absolute minimum number of times you should be brushing your teeth. Ideally, you want to aim for two brushing sessions, once in the morning and once before you settle in for the night. However, if you’ve been having an unusual day or have been extremely busy, one brush is still better than no brushes at all.
You can’t go wrong with brushing your teeth twice a day! The morning and evening sessions are well spaced to maximize the benefit you’ll receive, and it doesn’t take up too much of your day. When we tell you to brush your teeth often, this is the frequency we are referring to!
Some of you out there may be very eager patients, looking to really wow your dentist with multiple brushes a day. Although sometimes a quick scrub after lunch is warranted, committing to three or more times in a day can actually start doing more harm than good. Too much physical trauma to the gumline can cause it to start receding, and that can cause tooth sensitivity. Overly ambitious brushing habits will take a toll on your tooth enamel as well. Furthermore, you’ll find yourself needing to replace your toothbrush much more often. That said, those undergoing orthodontic treatment often need to brush more than twice a day. It’s alway best to follow the directions of your Calgary dentist or oral health care provider.
Both the quantity and the quality of your brushing is important. You should be using a brush with soft bristles, which are easier on teeth. Tilt your brush at a 45 degree angle, so it will have the best contact. Take care to not press too hard, and brush in small circular strokes to cover the most surface area. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, the circular motions are done for you. Take your time! Give each tooth the same amount of attention and don’t try to skim over harder to reach areas, as they tend to accumulate the most plaque!
Brushing your teeth remains critically important in the maintenance of oral hygiene, but be careful that you aren’t doing too much of a good thing. Centennial Smiles Dental is more than happy to address any concerns you may have over your brushing habits. Call us at (587) 317‑7959 today!