Over brushing isn’t necessarily due to how many times a day you brush your teeth. The question to ask yourself is: what is my tooth brushing technique and what kind of toothbrush do I use?
How to tell if you are over brushing
If you are visiting your dentist every six months for dental cleanings, he or she will be able to easily identify the signs of over brushing. In the interim you can monitor whether or not you are over brushing by looking for the following: receding gums, sensitive teeth, or wear on enamel.
The right technique
The recommended daily dental routine includes brushing in the morning and night, flossing at least once, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. Gently brush all surfaces of the teeth in light circular motions. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the gumline and softly sweep or roll the brush away from the gums. Gently brush the outside, inside, and chewing side of each tooth. Don’t forget to softly brush the tongue to help remove bacteria and freshen breath. The key word is gentle. Plaque is soft, so removing it shouldn’t be like scrubbing the bathroom floor. If you’re concerned about over brushing, don’t cut down on the two-minute time frame. Instead, reconsider how much pressure you use when brushing. If you’re having a hard time adjusting, try brushing with your non-dominant hand.
The right toothbrush
The right tools can make all the difference. Soft, medium and hard bristled toothbrushes are available. Dentists suggest that a soft bristled toothbrush is ideal for cleaning away plaque while being gentle on your teeth and gums. Consider getting a toothbrush with a smaller head, which will allow you to clean hard to reach crevices between teeth. Remember to throw out your toothbrush every three months. If you notice the bristles are frayed or look old, the soft edges have likely been worn down.