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Can too much of a good thing be a major problem? When it comes to brushing the wrong way, absolutely!
Many people get far too aggressive when they brush their teeth, leading to major irritation of the soft tissues and potential wearing down of the protective tooth enamel. Over time, this can lead to problems from sensitive teeth to receding gums, both of which require extra treatment and care.
How do you know if you might be brushing too harshly?
Your gums ache after you brush your teeth.
You use a hard-bristled brush and push on your teeth and gums to “scrub” them while brushing.
You rapidly move in an up-and-down, instead of a circular, fashion when brushing your teeth.
You have begun to notice that your gums get very red or bleed after you brush.
You are brushing for longer than two minutes.
You brush aggressively several times a day, often “just because”.
Recognize any of these symptoms? It may be time to get help and scale back to protect your teeth.
What to Do If You Have Gum Recession
If your aggressive brushing has led to gum recession, take heart: This is a common condition and can be remedied with minimally invasive procedures including the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Your goal should be to work with your periodontist to bring the gums back to normal, and stop any overly aggressive brushing. Otherwise, they will continue to pull back from the teeth, which can lead to more serious issues including periodontal disease, advanced decay, bone loss and tooth loss.