Brushing teeth angrilyThere is always too much of a good thing. Just as brushing your teeth too often can cause too much wear on your teeth, brushing your teeth too hard is an abrasive action, irritating your gums and adding to tooth sensitivity. Contrary to what you may think, putting extra pressure on your tooth brushing efforts will not help you remove stains or give you whiter teeth. Instead, it will weaken the enamel, which will lead to tooth sensitivity.

Those All Important Gums

You do not want to irritate your gums. Brushing too hard can lead to soreness, even scratching your gums, inviting bacteria to gather in the irritated area. It can also cause the gums to begin pulling away from the teeth, leaving you susceptible to gingivitis. It can be difficult to know how much pressure to use when brushing your teeth, and this is complicated by the fact that when you are applying pressure to small areas, the amount of pressure increases.

Your Toothbrush

Over the years, many variables have been suggested for the high incident rate of abrasion on teeth. Part of this is due to habitually eating acidic foods that can wear away the enamel on your teeth. It can also be due to using a toothbrush with strong bristles. If the toothbrush you are using is a strong bristle brush and you tend to brush your teeth vigorously, you need to switch to a softer bristle.

Proper Brushing Technique

Floss before brushing to loosen all plaque and food particles that might be between your teeth or between your teeth and your gums. Rinse your mouth as well before beginning to brush. The best way to insure you are not brushing your teeth too hard is to use a soft or ultra-soft bristle brush. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle, concentrating on two or three teeth at a time. Brush in a circular motion, making sure you cover the area of both your gums and your teeth. Brush gently. You should not be putting any noticeable pressure on the teeth and gums. Make sure you brush both the underside of your teeth as well as the outside. Brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue. Brush your teeth for a full two minutes.