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Can You Brush Your Teeth Too Much?

brushing teethUsually, dentists are worried about people not brushing their teeth enough. However, in some cases, individuals can brush their teeth too much to the point where they cause damage.

The purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque and make the enamel harder. When you do this, you make it difficult for bacterial acids in the mouth to destroy enamel and generate cavities.

However, sometimes you may brush too much (or too hard). In this post, we quickly cover some of the problems that excessive or improper brushing can bring.


Fluorosis is a condition that changes the color of your tooth enamel. Often, it happens when children consume too much toothpaste during their developmental years, but it can occur at any time. Brushing your teeth three or more times per day for a long time can make them look yellow.

Rough Bristles

Rough bristles can also create problems. Scrubbing teeth too hard can break down their outer enamel shell, exposing the dentin within.

We recommend using dentist-approved nylon bristles, which don’t have any sharp edges, to clean your teeth. Steer clear of using anything but a dentist-approved brush.

Improper Technique

You can also cause similar damage if you use the wrong brushing technique. Pushing bristles into your teeth with too much force can cause damage to both the teeth and gums. To brush correctly, use fluoride-based toothpaste for two minutes, twice per day. Push against your teeth gently and, if you can, use an electric toothbrush.

To summarize, check that you are using the correct bristles, avoid brushing too often and always use the proper technique. If you are unsure, consult your dentist, and don’t forget to request an appointment to book your bi-annual cleaning exam.

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