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What Happens if You Brush for Too Long of a Time?


Posted on 12/23/2017 by Dr. Pickens
Brush for Too Long Pickens Family Dentistry WA 98662-6467
Too much of a good thing is bad. That applies to a lot of things, and your dental health is not an exception. Eating a lot of delicious food feels really great, but it affects your body, especially your dental health. Brushing is the same.

Toothpaste generally has abrasives as part of their ingredients. That is to be expected since abrasives are necessary to whiten teeth and take out all the plaque, bacteria and food specks that cling to your teeth and the gaps between them. Brushing is necessary, but you have to brush your teeth properly.

How Should I Brush My Teeth Then?

Simple, you brush your teeth the proper way. The right way to brush your teeth is in circular strokes, not the usual left to right swiping motion that most of the people do.

Brushing in circular motions not only increases the area of the teeth and gums that are brushed, but also makes your dental care a lot more efficient.
Dentists would recommend that you brush your teeth 2 minutes and the maximum is three.

A brushing session for two minutes is a great way to ensure that your teeth and gums are clean. Brushing your teeth for more than three minutes is counterproductive. It will only harm your teeth. Our teeth have enamel, which is a protective lining that constitutes the surface of the teeth, and abrasives can definitely harm it a lot.

Once your enamel has thinned out, these will make your teeth vulnerable to bacteria. Bacteria will start secreting acid that will damage your gums and tooth roots. Instead of helping you, brushing your teeth too much will lead to disastrous consequences.

In a nutshell, we recommend brushing your teeth for 3 minutes at most, 1 and a half for the op and one and a half minutes for the bottom. If you have more questions, give us a call and let us help you.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (360) 254-6411 today.


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