It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. But did you know brushing too hard can harm your teeth and gums? Well, it’s true. In fact, brushing too hard can cause tooth sensitivity. This is because the tough brushing can wear away the tooth enamel and make the gums recede, which can open the channels leading to the tooth nerves and also expose the tooth roots.
How can you tell you’re brushing too hard? Well, our dentist, Dr. Dorsey W. Baker, is happy to tell you. If you brush too hard, there is a good chance your toothbrush bristles stick out in all directions. If this is the case for you, you’re brushing with too much force and it’s best to ease up a bit. It’s also important to make sure you’re using the right oral hygiene tools. It’s best to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
You can also help your teeth by using a toothbrush and toothpaste that are designed to help with sensitivity. The brush tends to clean without adding to the sensitivity and it might even have vibrating bristles to help remove the plaque. The toothpaste (desensitizing toothpaste) tends to block the channels leading to the tooth nerves, which can help provide some comfort.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about brushing and tooth sensitivity in Glendale, Arizona, then please contact Dorsey W. Baker at 602-942-0623 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!