Take it easy on your teeth and gums,
don't brush too hard
People often brush their teeth using too much pressure or with a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard. This can be damaging to your teeth and gums.
What problems can result from brushing too hard?
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loss of enamel, especially at the gumline
- Gum recession
- Loss of supporting bone around teeth
How to properly brush
The main purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove the plaque that builds up on the teeth. This is an accumulation of bacteria and food residue. Since it is soft, initially, you don't need to use a lot of force to remove it.
Use small circular motions with your brush focused at the gumline.
Make sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles - a firmer toothbrush does not get your teeth cleaner, but it can cause more damage.
Using an electric toothbrush can also keep you from brushing to hard, just let the toothbrush do the work.
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