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How Over or Under Brushing Can Cause More Harm Than Good!

Jun 07, 2022

How Over or Under Brushing Can Cause More Harm Than Good!

Understanding the importance of oral hygiene and maintaining healthy oral care is one of the most crucial aspects of one's overall well-being. For utmost oral health, it is recommended to brush twice daily along with proper flossing and regular dental checkups. However, have you ever wondered, "what's the right amount of brushing that's perfect for my teeth?"

Yes, many studies have shown that over-brushing or even under-brushing can cause more harm than good to your teeth. It's not about how long you brush, but it's more important to consider how effective the brushing method is. 

In this blog, we'll take you through some of the harmful consequences that brushing too much or too little can have on your oral health. 

Over Brushing:

Brushing countless times a day, for a long duration will not make your teeth healthier. In fact, it can have quite the opposite effect on your oral health. Have a look at the harmful effects of over brushing your teeth. 

1] Excessive brushing can result in tooth abrasion. This is the process where certain external forces damage the enamel i.e. the outer covering of the teeth. Without the enamel, i.e. the protective layer, the tooth becomes more prone to sensitivity. Hence, it is important to make sure that you are not causing an abrasion on your teeth while brushing. 

2] Receding Gums: Receding gums can result in gaps between the teeth and the gum line which makes it easier for certain harmful bacterias to get accumulated in such gaps. This can lead to several oral health concerns & gum diseases. 

3] Bleeding Gums: Many times, over brushing can damage the gums and teeth. This can result in redness of the gums, swollen gums, or even gum bleeding. 

4] Damaged Toothbrush: It is recommended to change your toothbrush or the brush head after every 3-4 months. However, over-brushing can cause the bristles of the brush to wear out much earlier. Frayed toothbrush bristles can be a sign that you're brushing too often or too hard. 

Under Brushing

While over-brushing can cause damage to the teeth, it is equally important to brush just enough to prevent oral problems or tooth decay. Here's why brushing too little can result in several dental problems.  

1] Plaque Build-up: Not brushing enough can result in plaque and tartar build-up which can eventually result in oral diseases, including cavities, tooth infection, and even tooth loss. 

2] Gingivitis: Plaque build-up can also weaken the gums in the mouth, leading to a gum disease called Gingivitis. This can also cause irritation, redness, and bleeding in the gums. 

3] Bad Breath: Not brushing effectively can cause the build-up of bacteria and the food particles in your mouth, which can result in Bad breath or Halitosis. Having a bad breath is one of the most common signs indicating that you're not brushing your teeth just enough. 

4] Food residue stuck between teeth: If you aren't properly brushing or flossing your teeth, there are chances of food residue getting stuck between the tiny gaps of the teeth. This can later result in various oral problems in the long run. 

Apart from this, poor oral health may also result in some serious complications like heart diseases, oral cancer, and much more. Thus, it is important to brush your teeth the right way to avoid any kind of harmful effects of over or under brushing. 

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