3 Signs You’re Brushing Your Teeth too Roughly

Posted on: November 16, 2018

Brushing of the teeth too roughly is also referred to as over brushing, which can lead to dental problems. Over brushing can harm the gums and the enamel by simply applying too much force or if the toothbrush itself is too hard. Fortunately, this habit can be put to a halt, which will then eliminate the risk of teeth and gum diseases. Schedule an appointment with the dentist to check for are signs of over brushing, which include:

Signs you're brushing your teeth too roughly

1. Receding gums

Gum recession, which is a common sign of gum disease, occurs when the gums slowly begin to pull back from the teeth. Areas, where the gums do not touch the tooth, become prominent. Eventually, the roots of the teeth will become exposed, which can lead to tooth sensitivity and even loss. Aggressive brushing aggravates the condition, causing the tissues to recede further.

2. Enamel wear

Over brushing can also wear away the enamel. Visit the dentist to check if the enamel of each of the teeth are healthy, and in good condition. The enamel is the hard, shiny layer that protects the softer tissues of each of the teeth. Without it, the teeth are prone to sensitivity, discoloration, and cavities.

3. Cavities on the roots of your teeth

Most people will over brush their teeth, expecting to get the chore done faster. They fail to realize that toothbrush bristles can also damage their teeth by cutting away enamel. Cavities can form if the enamel is worn away.

Changing teeth brushing habits can stop the problem from getting worse. When it comes to brushing your teeth, using the proper technique and doing a thorough job is the key to good oral hygiene. Dentists recommend that to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice per day to get the most thorough cleaning.

Proper brushing techniques

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Soft and extra soft brushes can effectively clean your teeth and are less likely to damage the enamel. 
  • When brushing, place the head of the toothbrush, with the tips of the bristles at a 45-degree angle from the gum line.
  • Move the toothbrush in short strokes and scrubbing motions, several times in each spot.
  • Apply adequate pressure to feel the bristles against the gums. If you are pressing the bristles, you are brushing too hard.

Be gentle when brushing

Gently but thoroughly reach all areas of the mouth to clean each tooth, without the risk of damage. Use small circular motions to cover each tooth on all sides. Keep in mind that the quality of brushing is more important than the amount of force applied.


Brushing regularly is vital for healthy gums and teeth, but overdoing it can lead to sensitive teeth, receding gums, and cavities. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms that indicate aggressive brushing, visit our dental office immediately. We will help you address the issues early on, to avert bigger and more expensive complications.

Request an appointment here: https://www.progressivedentalsmiles.com or call Progressive Dental And Associates at (708) 667-9350 for an appointment in our Matteson office.

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