Brushing your teeth is a good and healthy habit! But we’ve all heard the question, “is there ever too much of a good thing?” In the case of dentistry, there is.
When it comes to over-brushing, we are not referring to the frequency of teeth brushing, but rather, the pressure used while brushing teeth. Some people assume that the harder their push their toothbrush against their teeth and gums, the more plaque and debris it will remove. This is not the case!
Plaque is relatively easy to remove—the difficulty in removing it is reaching all the surfaces where it hides (hint: this is why we recommend flossing and mouth wash).
There are several “red flags” that may alert you to the fact that you’re over-brushing:
We suggest brushing your teeth for 2-3 minutes, twice daily. When you are brushing:
If you are concerned you are over-brushing, talk to Dr. Leonard about it during your next routine visit. To schedule an appointment, call 952-443-3368.