Is Brushing Your Teeth for Too Long a Real Problem?
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Alyce
For most people, brushing too long isn't the problem. Many of us rush the whole tooth brushing thing. We try to get those pearly whites as white as possible in the shortest amount of time. However, we realize that for every one of you short-brushers out there, there are long-brushers as well.
Some of us are really in love with the feeling of clean, shiny, beautiful teeth. We don't blame you. You love getting compliments about your teeth. It's hard to argue with that logic of brushing leading to beautiful smiles. However, brushing your teeth for too long each day is not good for them. Did you know that? Keep reading.
In Short, Yes, It's a Problem While people who don't brush long enough can damage their teeth, so can people who brush too long. In fact, frequent hard brushing of your teeth may cause as much damage as if you were neglecting your teeth in the first place. If you brush for too long, you may be scraping tooth enamel off your teeth, which act as your teeth's armor.
Over time, your teeth can lose enamel and become thin and brittle. If your teeth are thin and brittle, they may break more easily. You could also be at higher risk of tooth decay, which is probably what you were trying to avoid in the first place.
Two Minutes. That's It. Researchers have found that two minutes two times a day is all the time you need to devote to brushing your teeth each day. Two minutes means that each tooth will get attention. If you brush for two minutes with a soft bristle brush, using rounded strokes, you are clearing your teeth of bacteria and food particles- which was the intention of your tooth brushing anyway, right? After your two minutes, you can floss your teeth, and use a mouthwash if you choose.
Remember, two minutes, twice a day will help your teeth be at their best. If you have questions about how long to brush your teeth, or about oral hygiene in general, give us a call! We always want to help your mouth look and feel its best!
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