Many people complain about or have a problem with sensitive teeth.  There are several causes but there is one that most people don’t think about.  It’s revolves around how you brush your teeth.

Most of our patients don’t understand that there is a proper way to brush your teeth.  Don’t get us wrong, we are glad that you brush your teeth whether the doing the right or wrong way.

Most people who suffer with sensitive teeth do so because they brush their teeth too hard.  Brushing too hard can damage your teeth and gums which can cause problems like excessive wear on the enamel and receding gums.  People who brush their teeth aggressively do so thinking that it is the only way to get their teeth really clean or to look whiter.

However, this can be counter productive by causing gum recession and wearing away the glossy enamel and actually making them look yellow and even darker.

This puts you at risk for sensitive teeth.

How Do You Know If You Are Brushing To Hard

If you are not sure if you are brushing too hard, then take a look at your toothbrush.  If you have been using your toothbrush for only a couple of months, it still should look fairly new.  If it doesn’t look fairly new and it looks worn, beat up and flat, it’s a sign that you are brushing to hard.

What’s The Right Way To Brush

It may take a little bit to change your habit of brushing too hard, but it will be worth it to your overall oral health if you can stick with it and learn to brush correctly.

So what’s the correct way:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every 3 months
  • Place the toothbrush at a forty-five degree angle to your gums so you can clean up under the gumline
  • Gently move the brush back and forth. The ADA recommends using tooth-wide strokes to clean the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • If you are using an electric tooth brush or a sonic type toothbrush, let it do all the work for you. Let it glide gently over your teeth without you pushing down on it too hard.
  • Take it slow. We recommend that you brush your teeth for two full minutes.  This is 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth.  Also, you need to do it at least 2 times per day.

Brushing for two minutes or more can seem like a long time and you will be tempted to lose patients with it.  However, if you stick with it and develop a habit of going the full two minutes, you will have noticeably different teeth and you will prevent several problems from occurring most specifically decay.

If you are having tooth sensitivity, then follow these steps and it may do just the trick.  You can also follow these steps and use a toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth.

If you have any questions, call our office for help.

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